The Show-Off

by  George Kelly

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 3f

The Show Off of the title is Aubrey Piper an egotistical braggart and his farcical attempts to retain some diginity amidst the barrage of his own self-aggrandizing hyperbole. A richly comic portrait of a common fraility in the American character.

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The Show-Off

by  George Kelly

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Expanded by the author from his earlier vaudeville sketch Poor Aubrey, The Show Off of the title is Aubrey Piper an egotistical braggart and his farcical attempts to retain some diginity amidst the barrage of his own self-aggrandizing hyperbole. A richly comic portrait of a common fraility in the American character, this long-running success is from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Craig's Wife and The Torch Bearers.
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Reviews

"The Show-Off is one of the 20th century's greatest comedies and a dissection of the hilarity and pathos of family life with which any audience can identify. The play is a feast for actors.” - Nicholas Martin, Director

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy

Casting

6m, 3f

CLARA
MRS. FISHER
AMY
FRANK HYLAND
MR. FISHER
JOE
AUBREY PIPER
MR. GILL
MR. ROGERS

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

George Kelly

George Kelly

The Show-Off was first presented on Broadway by Stewart & French, Inc. at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City on Februrary 5, 1924.

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