Beau Jest

by  James Sherman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 2f

"A light, sweet romantic comedy." - Chicago Tribune

"Hilarious and quite moving. Sherman wonderfully blends farce with a genuine insight." - Chicago Sun Times

"Very funny...The well crafted play has a lot to say about nu…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Sarah is a nice Jewish girl with a problem: her parents want her married to a nice Jewish boy. They have never met her boyfriend, a WASP executive named Chris Kringle. She tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor and they insist on meeting him. She plans a dinner party and, over the heated protests of Chris, employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date to be Dr. Steinberg. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor who agrees to perform the impersonation. Happily, he is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah's parents are enraptured. Soon, even Sarah falls for Bob.
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Reviews

"A light, sweet romantic comedy." - Chicago Tribune

"Hilarious and quite moving. Sherman wonderfully blends farce with a genuine insight." - Chicago Sun Times

"Very funny...The well crafted play has a lot to say about nuclear families of any ethnic persuasion." - Wall Street Journal

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Sarah's apartment - A one bedroom apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f

Sarah Goldman - late 20's.

Chris - Her boyfriend.

Bob - Her escort.

Joel - Her brother.

Miriam - Her mother.

Abe - Her father.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.James was a theatre student at Illinois Sta ...

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Beau Jest premiered at the Victory Gardens Theater on November 16, 1989 under the direction of Dennis Zacek.

Beau Jest, produced by Arthur Cantor, Carol Ostrow, and Libby Adler Mages, premiered at the Lamb's Theatre in New York on October 10, 1991.

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