Mr. Happiness

by  David Mamet

Short Play, Comedy  /  1m

In a two-play volume with The Water Engine.

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Mr. Happiness

by  David Mamet

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Mr. Happiness is the curtain raiser for The Water Engine. This short play takes place in a 1930s radio station. A prim, sincere, advice-to-the-lovelorn personality answers – by some magical exposition of instant radio – the letters people have written him. In an unctuous, urbane voice, “Mr. Happiness” solves everyone’s problems in the style of a 1930s radio and newspaper Miss Lonelyhearts.

Published with The Water Engine.

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"Extraordinary… verbal brilliance." - The New York Times

"A vivid theatrical experience." - New York Daily News


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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with companion piece



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  • All Male
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)



David Mamet

David Mamet is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water En ...

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Premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on March 6, 1978.

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