Meanwhile, Back on the Couch

by  Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

Psychiatrist Victor Karleen is financially pressed between the rental of his posh office apartment and his fiancée’s expensive tastes.

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Meanwhile, Back on the Couch

by  Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Psychiatrist Victor Karleen is financially pressed between the rental of his posh office apartment and his fiancée’s expensive tastes. A colleague has written a best-selling case history book and is now rolling in royalties. Good friend Parker Donnelly has rejected Victor’s similar work because the public is tired of such things and prefers torrid fiction. Needing cash, Victor reluctantly takes on a new patient who, due to love frustration, is grinding out a rip-roaring sex novel. By mistake, his nurse gives the patient’s manuscript to Donnelly believing it to be Victor’s work. Suddenly Victor has an enormous advance royalty check, a Book of the Month Club selection, and a potential Pulitzer Prize. When he discovers that it is his patient’s inviolate confidences and not his clinical casebook that has saved the day, Victor determines to keep his patient crazy until he dreams up the final chapter. Meanwhile, Back on the Couch is fast-paced, hilarious, and zany.
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Keywords

Aging, Illness/Health

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Victor's office/residence on Park Avenue, Manhattan.
  • 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, 4f

GABRIELLE WINGATE, a talented interior decorator
ROY TERRIGAN, an affably unpleasant psychiatrist
CHARLOTTE HENNEBON, nurse/receptionist to Victor Karleen
VICTOR KARLEEN, psychiatrist and would-be novelist
PARKER DONNELLY, publisher and friend of Victor's
ALBERT BROCK, a young man with an old problem
DOROTHEA MELNIK, a disgruntled client of Roy's
JINGLE JABLONSKI, Victor's next door neighbor

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in the Creative Writing Field of the English major. After that, he taught school for two years from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in th ...

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Meanwhile, Back on the Couch was first presented at the Abbey Stage Door in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was directed by Howard Pell.

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