The Second Time Around

by  Henry Denker

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

"A winner...with lots of topical, pertinent cracks." - Atlanta Constitution

Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair. When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep social security benefits they'd otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling …

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The Second Time Around

by  Henry Denker

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    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

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Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair. When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep social security benefits they'd otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling even though they were never close to their deceased parent and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired. Sam's daughter is married to her ex analyst, a stuffy neurotic, and Laura's son has a wife who is paranoid about food additives and their sexual performance. All ends well for the elderly twosome, but not before the entire second generation is in nervous fits.
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Reviews

"A winner...with lots of topical, pertinent cracks." - Atlanta Constitution

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: A modest, comfortable West Side apartment belonging to Samuel Jonas, in which he lived for years with his wife, Florence, until she died 10 months ago. A Thursday morning during a week in spring.

Casting

4m, 4f
SAMUEL JONAS - a widower just past sixty-five, alert, spritely, attractive, a nice human being.
LAURA CURTIS - in her mid-sixites, a pleasant, neat, devoted widow, modestly dressed; pleasing to the eye.
MIKE CURTIS - son of Laura, a mid-thirites, hard-driving young businessman, with a nervous stomach.
CYNTHIA MORSE - daughter of Samuel, a suburban matron, neurotic, well-dressed, good-looking.
ELEANOR - Mike's wife, the face and smile of an angel, the soul and strength of a tyrant.
DR. ARTHUR MORSE - psychiatrist, husband of Cynthia, son-in-law of Samuel. Himself a bit of a neurotic.
BRUCE MORSE - grandson of Samuel, son of Cynthia and Arthur, sophomore at Columbia, a nice young man with active libido.
ANGELA - a Barnard sophomore, with an angelic look and a relationship with Bruce.
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Cast Attributes

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Authors

Henry Denker

Henry Denker

THE SECOND TIME AROUND was first presented at the Morosca Theater in New York City on January 1, 1977. It was directed by Robert H. Livington.

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