Below the Belt

by  Richard Dresser

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m

Dobbitt has been posted to a dismal, distant place, a grim industrial compound that uncomfortably resembles a prison where his quarters have bunks (one freezing cold and the other boiling hot), a table, and an ancient typewriter.

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Below the Belt

by  Richard Dresser

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Judd Hirsch starred in this hilarious Off Broadway comedy set in a soulless corporate world. Dobbitt has been posted to a dismal, distant place, a grim industrial compound that uncomfortably resembles a prison where his quarters have bunks (one freezing cold and the other boiling hot), a table, and an ancient typewriter. He is a checker; he checks though he has no idea what is being made with an irascible coworker who has been in this place for years. Their inept boss possesses a singular talent for fomenting dissent. The comic interplay among these men, one bullying and truculent, one ambitious and evasive, and the third a trembling mass of insecurity and arrogance, is irresistibly funny. As they comically maneuver in their pointless quest for status, sinister little animals encroach on the compound.
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Reviews

"Gloriously funny but also wickedly insightful, [this] bright new play [...] is never short of laugh lines [...] Lurking beneath the almost farcical hilarity is a bundle of 20th century angst [...] The jokes are beautifully in place, permitting the three gorgeously combative figures to emerge." - The New York Post

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The play takes place in an industrial compound in a distant land.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

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

3m
HANRAHAN - a man
DOBBITT - a man
MERKIN - a man
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Richard Dresser

Richard Dresser's plays include Below the Belt and Gun-Shy, both of which moved from Actors Theatre of Louisville Off-Broadway and on to regional productions. Other Actors Theatre of Louisville plays include What Are You Afraid Of?, set in the front seat of a car, Alone at the Beach and Wonderful World. Rounding Third ...

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