100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy

by  Leo W. Sears, Jack Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

"100 Lunches isn't too difficult to digest...Will be a favorite across the country...[The Waiter] was funny, taking exaggeration to its height as seven related waiters [with] a different costume, demeanor and accent for each, adding a touch of lunacy to the menu." - The Arizona Republic

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100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy

by  Leo W. Sears Jack Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Successful mystery playwright Chuck Reynolds has had his plays lauded by all critics except Charity Starr. When she shows up at his home and has the unmitigated gall to ask his expert help in writing a play of her own, Chuck fiendishly insists that their teacher/pupil sessions be held over lunch with Charity footing the bill at the most expensive restaurants in New York City. Lunatic waiters provide a uniquely hilarious touch to these meetings. Love blossoms despite the scheming of Chuck's amorous neighbor. Charity's play opens on Broadway and she finds out what it's like to be a target for all her critical confreres. Non stop fun, romance, and explosive hilarity make this an ideal show for the entire family.
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Reviews

"100 Lunches isn't too difficult to digest...Will be a favorite across the country...[The Waiter] was funny, taking exaggeration to its height as seven related waiters [with] a different costume, demeanor and accent for each, adding a touch of lunacy to the menu." - The Arizona Republic

Keywords

Friendship, Love

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: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Livingroom of Reynolds home on Long Island, NY, a comfortable and homey milieu, furnished in expensive-but-not-gaudy good taste. Also a series of both classy and ghastly restaurants in Manhattan (this can be done with one set, with decor-changes suitable to whichever restaurant Chuck and Charity are attending,with just space enough for table, chairs and the itinerary of the Waiter - and sometimes Yolanda).
  • 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: No Chorus

Casting

3m, 3f

CHARLTON (CHUCK) REYNOLDS - 35; a successful writer of stage mysteries.
CHARITY STARR - 25-30; the only theatre critic who doesn't like Chuck's worksmanship.
GLINDA BELLOWS - 50s; Chuck's housekeeper, named for the Good Witch of the North.
TERRY REYNOLDS - 10-14; Chuck's son, a smart (but not smartaleck) matchmaker.
YOLANDA WEINTRAUB - 30s-40s; sexy-but-predatory neighbor lady; aggressively attractive.
WAITER - 20s-30s; a multiple role of many "brothers" in a large family of waiters.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Children
  • Features Teens
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

Leo W. Sears

Leo W. Sears, CFEE. Leo has four plays published with Sanuel French. Sorry! Wrong Chimney!, 100 Lunches:A Gourmet Comedy and Star on the Door were co-written with the prolific late Jack Sharkey. Borderline Crazies was his solo work. He has directed 65 plays and produced 90 in high school theater, community theater a ...

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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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100 Lunches by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears, directed by Peter J. Hill, with set design by Peter J. Hill, was premiered by Leo W. Sears at METRO PLAYHOUSE DINNER THEATRE at THE CLUB-Belaire, in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday night, January 11,1989.

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