His and Hers

by  Fay Kanin

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 4f

"A nice, warm comedy." - New York Daily News
A pair of modern playwrights married to work out life and art together. After a few flops on the stage, their marriage found its own denouement in the divorce courts. Now each is writing a new play on his own, and submits it to their mutual friend, a prominent producer. It is not surprising that each has written the basically same play.

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His and Hers

by  Fay Kanin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

A pair of modern playwrights married to work out life and art together. After a few flops on the stage, their marriage found its own denouement in the divorce courts. Now each is writing a new play on his own, and submits it to their mutual friend, a prominent producer. It is not surprising that each has written the basically same play. Whens they find out, they are mutually enraged and sue each other for plagiarism. The producer and the amiable judge persuade the couple to collaborate, for it seems that each one contributed materially to the idea of the play while they were married. They tear into the play with a begrudging vengeance. But soon they are back in their familiar groove, and their current romantic affairs are left standing on the stoop. The play they write is good, and promises to be a big hit; and for the first time they are afraid. For they realize that they would rather have a happy life together than all the success in the world. They skip friends and the premiere for a second honeymoon at a resort. Penned by the author of Goodbye, My Fancy for Celeste Holm and Robert Preston.

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Reviews

"A nice, warm comedy." - New York Daily News

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

9m, 4f
MAGGIE PALMER
CLEM SCOTT
MIKE FOSTER
DR. CARL HALEK
LYDIA
JEAN
BUNTY
GEORGE
AVIS
HER LAWYER
HIS LAWYER
THE SUPER
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Fay Kanin

Fay Kanin (1917-2013) was an American writer for film, television, and the stage and was the first female President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to serve a full term. Her writinghas been awarded 3 Emmy awards (Tell Me Where it Hurts, Best Writing in Drama,1974; Writer ...

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His and Hers was first presented on Broadway by Albert W. Selden and Morton Gottlieb at the 48th Street Theatre in New York City on January 7, 1954. It was directed by Michael Gordon.

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