The Idiot Box

by  Michael Elyanow

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  6m, 4f

"Witty, audacious work succeeds brilliantly" - Variety
"...what begins as a clever, amusing parody darkens into a savage indictment of the way television sells us a make-believe cocoon to insulate ourselves from reality." - The Los Angeles Times


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Idiot Box is a comedy about what happens to six sitcom characters when Reality crashes into their lives.

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Reviews

"Witty, audacious work succeeds brilliantly" - Variety

"...what begins as a clever, amusing parody darkens into a savage indictment of the way television sells us a make-believe cocoon to insulate ourselves from reality." - The Los Angeles Times

"Elyanow's intelligently crafted script is rife with humor and irony, and is superbly augmented by Jeremy B. Cohen's perceptive direction of the fine cast." - LA Weekly

"A supremely confident new play from Michael Elyanow..." - The Chicago Tribune

"...ambitious and serious...an onion-like, multi-layered work...with a few Pirandellovian surprises." - The Windy City Times

"...makes us laugh, makes us think, and leaves us talking about the role of art and entertainment in our lives." - ChicagoCritic.com

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A sitcom-type loft in NYC is the primary set. Secondary sets, which can be simply suggested, are a subway car, a bedroom, a coffee shop.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 4f

MARK - the neuorotic New Yorker. He's a paramedic.
CHLOE - the a spoiled rich girl. She's a curtain desiginer.
BILLY - the sex-crazed dummy. He's a model.
FIONA - the new age hippie. She's an acupuncturist.
CONNOR - the cynical husband. He's an ad agency exec.
STEPHANIE - the controlling wife. She's a romance novelist.
HARVEY - He's a doctor in the naval reserves.
RAYMOND - He's a drag queen/cabaret singer.
VERONICA - She's an Australian dog shusherer.
OMAR - He's a non-Caucasian PhD student.

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Authors

Michael Elyanow

Michael Elyanow is the author of over two dozen plays, screenplays, and television scripts. Recent theatre productions include LULLABY at Theater Latte Da (2016), ROBYN IS HAPPY at The B Street Theatre (2013). THE CHILDREN will be produced in fall 2016 at Pillsbury House Theatre. THE CHILDREN was first produced at The ...

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The Idiot Box was first presented, in its World Premiere, by Naked Eye Theatre Company at The Theatre Building in Chicago, in 2003. It was directed by Jeremy B. Cohen.

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