Rumors

by  Neil Simon

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 5f

"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh." - The New York Times

When they gather to celebrate one of the couple's tenth wedding anniversary, four couples experience a severe attack of Farce.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

At a large, tastefully-appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room, and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
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Reviews

"Has nothing on its mind except making the audience laugh."- The New York Times, Read More

"Light, frothy and fun." - New York Post

"Neil Simon makes people laugh a lot!" - USA Today

"Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting." - NBC-TV

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: A house in Sneden's Landing, New York. An evening in June.

Casting

5m, 5f
KEN GORMAN – (40) A well-to-do lawyer. Wealthy, but by no means pretentious. Takes 
charge of the situation. Married to Chris. Halfway through the show, a gunshot causes his 
temporary deafness. 
 
CHRIS GORMAN – (mid-30’s) Another lawyer, married to Ken. Beautiful, easily flustered. 
Frantically tries to maintain normalcy at the party. Has recently quit smoking, which 
drives her to drink a bit more. 
 
LENNY GANZ – (Late 30’s, early 40’s) A wealthy accountant, distraught over the recent 
destruction of his new car. Starts the show with an extreme case of whiplash. Intolerant 
of the gossipy-lifestyle that he is often involved in. 
 
CLAIRE GANZ – (Late 30’s) Lenny’s wife. Very concerned with appearances (hers and 
others'). Starts the play with a swollen lip. Likes to gossip. 
 
ERNIE CUSACK – (Early 50’s) A psychiatrist. Affable, smokes a pipe. Loves his wife very 
much. Tries to be as helpful as possible cooking the evening’s dinner. 
 
COOKIE CUSACK – (40’s) Has her own cooking show. Suffers from extreme back spasms. 
Loves her husband very much. A bit absent-minded at times. 
 
GLENN COOPER – (30-40) A handsome man running for State Senate. Worried about his 
own reputation. Struggles with placating his wife, who is convinced he is having an affair 
(which he may or may not be). 
 
CASSIE COOPER – (late 20’s, early 30’s) Glenn’s beautiful wife. Obsesses over her 
husband's relationships with other women. Quick to anger. Must rub her quartz crystal to 
calm herself down. 
 
OFFICER WELCH (M) – (30-50) A city police officer having a rough night. Does not 
tolerate lying. Sees through the “classy” façade that these high-society types put up. 
 
OFFICER PUDNEY (F) – (20-30) Welch’s partner. A strong but silent type.
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Authors

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition to Lost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Coupl ...

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Rumors premiered at the Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, California) on September 22, 1988. It opened on Broadway in November of 1988 at the Broadhurst Theatre, under the direction of Gene Saks.

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