The Makeover

by  Patsy Hester Daussat

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  4m, 4f, 1m or f

"The new comedy-drama The Makeover is satisfying...and highly pleasurable...Daussat's play is quite entertaining and she earns a solid, robust share of laughs from her writing. Issues of being overweight in this country are presented...with…

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

It's a typical Saturday evening, as Mike and Melanie play games with their neighbors, Victor and Paula. Each couple has a son home from college for the summer. Little does Melanie know that her happy, comfortable world will soon be thrown into turmoil. Mike has sent a letter to Facing Facts, Melanie and Paula's favorite reality television show. He believes Melanie, who has gained weight over the years, would be thrilled to have a makeover at Facing Facts' fabulous spa. After all, she and Paula rave about it. Unfortunately, Mike has never seen the show and is clueless about the cruel, ratings-hungry hostess, Frances Montgomery. When the Facing Facts crew descends at her door, Melanie endures a disastrous ambush. Afterward, she cannot understand why Mike would subject her to national humiliation, and orders him to be out of the house when she returns from the spa. Mike is hopeful that Melanie will change her mind, but things only get worse the evening she returns. Frances not only belittles Melanie again, she sets her sights on an oblivious Mike. Melanie finally explodes, throwing the Facing Facts crew out of her house, along with Mike. Events in the days that follow bring Melanie to realizations about herself and the important things in life.

Issues of appearance, communication, relationships, and reality television are dealt with in the light comedy, The Makeover.

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Reviews

"The new comedy-drama The Makeover is satisfying...and highly pleasurable...Daussat's play is quite entertaining and she earns a solid, robust share of laughs from her writing. Issues of being overweight in this country are presented...with brutal honesty, never once sounding preachy or whining, but instead with a truthful, immensely heartfelt observation...Daussat's talents are shown to be off to a great start...a solid audience pleaser...a knockout hit. " - Talkin' Broadway

"Daussat knows the basics of writing a situational script: She sets up the characters and action nicely, and gives the characters interesting quirks and vibrant lines to speak...(The) message about learning to love yourself (is) peppered with...comedy (and is) heartfelt...The Makeover should become a popular title in theaters..." - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Animals Animals
  • Caution Flying Flying
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity
  • Caution Open Flame Open Flame
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Home of Melanie and Mike Barnsworth.  Any town.  

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 4f, 1m or f
MELANIE, MIKE, VICTOR, and PAULA - Typical middle-aged adults. Melanie is overweight.

KEITH and RICKY - college students, both over 21.

MONICA - a young adult, attractive red-head.

FRANCES MONTGOMERY - older, but has had her featureS "enhanced".  Attractive.

CAMERAPERSON - any gender.
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Patsy Hester  Daussat

Patsy Hester Daussat

The Makeover premeired in 2008 at Grapevine's Runway Theatre in Grapevine, Texas.

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