Something About a Soldier

by  Ernest Kinoy

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  11m, 1f

"It sets a fast and funny pace." - New York Mirror

"Many of Kinoy's lines are brilliant." - New York World-Telegram & Sun


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Something About a Soldier

by  Ernest Kinoy

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A fine, innocent young boy ends up in the wrong army. Any army is wrong for him. Placed in charge of 39 men, he picked up his bag, said follow me, and marched off to camp—all by himself. He's an eager beaver who's always volunteering and always on KP. He meets and falls in love with a canteen girl, but is too innocent to see that she does more than hold hands with others. He has no fighting heart, and is a complete failure at bayonet drill. The captain sends him home on emergency leave, then sends the sergeant to arrest him. The returning scene, in the men's room on a train is extremely funny, with the drunken sergeant handcuffing the recruit to an innocent air cadet, who is literally railroaded to the wrong camp. The Captain courtmartials the recruit as the unit is pulling out for the war zone. It was his way of saving such innocence for a better world.
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Reviews

"It sets a fast and funny pace." - New York Mirror

"Many of Kinoy's lines are brilliant." - New York World-Telegram & Sun

"Excellent moments in both its dramatic and comic phases. " - New York Post

"Many scenes of high good humor." - New York Journal-American

Keywords

War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: In and around Fort Smeed, Georgia, spring to winter, 1942. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

11m, 1f

JACOB

ANANOKA

TOAT

CAPTAIN DODD

JOLEEN DAVIS

CARMICHAEL

POP DAVIS

M.P.

CANDY BUTCHER

AIR CADET

INTELLIGENCE OFFICER

WARD BOY

SOLDIERS

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Authors

Ernest Kinoy

Ernest Kinoy

Something About a Soldier was first presented at the Ambassador Theatre in New York on January 4th, 1962, by the Theatre Guild and Dore Schary. 

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