Better Late

by  Larry Gelbart

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

This biting December-December-December romance is a not-to-be-missed romantic comedy.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

As Better Late opens, composer Lee Baer is forced by his wife, Nora, to take in her ex-husband, Julian, after a recent stroke. Tension builds between the two as Julian makes it more and more difficult for Lee to get any songs written. All the while family and relationship dynamics are tested when Julian and Nora's son, Billy, reveals that he is going through a divorce of his own. How long will Julian stay and how long will it take until Lee cracks? This bitingl December-December-December romance is a not-to-be-missed romantic comedy.
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  • WINNER! The Selma Melvoin Playwriting Award, given by Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.



"Better Late is part a damn-it-all, Mel Brooks-like feast of sardonic one-liners in denial, and part a sad and caustic plea for marital compassion that could have been penned by an octogenarian Woody Allen, guiltily regretting one of his failed relationships." - Chicago Tribune

"A breezy entertainment on serious themes, Larry Gelbart's Better Late explores love, divorce, aging and death with a mature sensibility and a decidedly mainstream comedic tone...always diverting and admirably unsentimental." - Variety, Read More


Aging, Love, Marriage


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, CA.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


3m, 1f
LEE BAER - A middle-aged composer, with a tongue as sharp as the mind that hones it.
NORA BAER - Four years older than Lee, his dynamic wife.
BILLY COWAN - 32. Still a child of divorce.
JULIAN COWAN - 73. Not one for going gently into the night.
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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors



Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart

Better Late premiered at the Northlight Theater in Skokie, IL in April 2008 under the direction of BJ Jones.

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