Don't Tell Mother

by  Monk Ferris

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f

On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook. The pace is rapid fire, the dialogue hilarious, and the laughter non stop.

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Don't Tell Mother

by  Monk Ferris

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at serene family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook. She confides her terror to chum Deedee Malone, not daring to tell her mother and then federal agent Joe Shimko arrives having gotten a tip that the robber, Orville Maddox, is en route to bump off the witness. Joe thinks Deedee is Cinnamon and vice versa, Orville is mistaken for the caterer and for Hobart, mother is confused with the cleaning lady, and poor Cinnamon is thought to be her own mother. Hobart arrives, posies in hand, just in time to be arrested! The real star is a monster vacuum cleaner that attacks anyone within range. The final moments, with all the good guys trussed up and strung together while the lights go out and the vacuum cleaner goes on, are among the funniest ever on a stage. The pace is rapid fire, the dialogue hilarious, and the laughter non stop.
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Keywords

Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The entire action of the play takes place in the Schmidt apartment in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, during a very chilly October afternoon.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Special Effects
  • 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

3m, 5f

SARAH SCHMIDT - Cinnamon's mother
CINNAMON SCHMIDT - Sarah's daughter, a librarian
DEEDEE MALONE - Cinnamon's friend and neighbor
JOE SHIMKO - a government agent
MAGDA BERELZHEIMER - Cinnamon's fiance's mother
RIKKI TICKEY - a squealer in more ways than one
ORVILLE MADDOX - a desperate law-breaker
HOBART BERELZHEIMER - Cinnamon's rhinitic fiance

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Monk Ferris

Monk Ferris is one of several pen names for prolific playwright Jack Sharkey (1931-1992). Mr. Sharkey was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college wit ...

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Don't Tell Mother was first presented by Character Actors Repertory Theatre Productions at the Horizon Theatre in Burbank, California, on May 29, 1984. It was directed by Geoffrey Till and produced by Mr. Till and Eugene Cockran.

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