Fools

by  Neil Simon

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 3f

Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fables/Folktales, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.
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Reviews

"The brightest, freshest, funniest, wittiest, warmest and happiest to do on Broadway in many a day." - CBS-TV

Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Setting: About 1890. The Ukranian village of Kulyenchikov.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

7m, 3f
LEON TOLCHINSKY
SNETSKY
MAGISTRATE
SLOVITCH
MISHKIN
YENCHNA
DR. ZUBRITSKY
LENYA ZUBRITSKY
SOPHIA ZUBRITSKY
GREGOR YOUSEKEVITCH
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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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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FOOLS was first presented at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City on April 6, 1981. Directed by Mike Nichols.

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