The Cure

by  Michael Hardstark

Short Play, Comedy  /  4m, 1f

"Delightfully frenetic bon bon." - New York Times
"Extremely funny." - New York Daily News
Set in a theatre dressing room in turn of the century Cleveland, this frenetic farce is about the efforts of a troupe of Yiddish actors to sober up Yossel Terrifimenschsky, a great star and a hopeless drunk.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Set in a theatre dressing room in turn of the century Cleveland, this frenetic farce is about the efforts of a troupe of Yiddish actors to sober up Yossel Terrifimenschsky, a great star and a hopeless drunk. A young actor claims he knows a sure fire cure for drunkenness. He will help them out if they will present his realist drama The Kesslers of Hester Street. Published with The Cemetery in The Last Laugh.
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Reviews

"Delightfully frenetic bon bon." - New York Times

"Extremely funny." - New York Daily News

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1900-1910
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A evening in May. Backstage dressing room of the Grand Palace Theatre. 1908.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 1f
"PROFESSOR" LEO BRODER - actor/manager of the Grand Palace Theatre
MORRIS BRODER - prompter/bookkeeper for the Grand Palace Theatre
BELLA BRODER - wife of Leo Broder and the leading lady
SIMCHA GUBERNICK - shoemaker and aspiring actor/playwright
YOSSEL TERRIFIMENSCHSKY - comic star of the Yiddish Theatre
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Authors

Michael Hardstark

Michael Hardstark's plays have had numerous productions and readings in theatres throughout the country, including the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Arizona Jewish Repertory Theatre, the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles, with Alfred Molina and Harold Gould, the Prescott Arts Center, Prescott, Arizona and ...

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The Cure was presented by the Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York City on June 13, 1992. It was directed by Lou Jacob.

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