Drink to Me Only

by  Ira Wallach, Abram S. Ginnes

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  11m, 7f

"It has been such a long time since I have heard an audience bust out laughing that I had quite a happy time last evening at the 54th Street Theatre." - New York Daily News.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

The Wall Street law firm of Wheelock, Wendell, and Farrington is engaged in defending its most important client, playboy Jimmy Porterman, who has shot his seventh wife. Because of an expert's testimony, a successful defense hinges on proof that a man can drink two bottles of whiskey in twelve hours and still remain conscious. Miles Pringle, a young idealistic attorney in the firm, undertakes the task. In so doing he becomes indispensable, and he uses his new position to demand large sums of money and a senior partnership, much to the horror of his girl-friend, Vicky. Before he swallows the last of the whiskey he demands that he be permitted to conduct Porterman's defense himself. Mr. Wheejock, head of the firm, is forced to agree. Pringle conducts the defense and delivers the summation despite the whiskey. When the verdict comes in he discovers that he has lost the case, but he has won something more important; the new found freedom to become the kind of attorney he has always dreamed of being. In order to keep from the public the machinations of his highly reputable law firm, Mr. Wheelock has no choice but to finance Pringle in his new career.
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Reviews

"It has been such a long time since I have heard an audience bust out laughing that I had quite a happy time last evening at the 54th Street Theatre." - New York Daily News.

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The Courtroom and Gregory Wendell's apartment in New York.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

11m, 7f
STANLEY FARRINGTON - Partner in Wheelock, Wendell, and Farrington
GREGORY WENDELL - Another partner
JAMES PORTERMAN - The defendant
VICKY REMSEN - Clinton Wheelock's secretary
MILES PRINGLE - A young attorney in the firm
BAILIFF
JUDGE
HARVEY L. GRUBER - Prosecuting attorney
DR. PETER ULLMAN - A witness
PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA - A belly-dancer
MRS. GEORGE HAVERMEYER - A neighbor of Gregory Wendell, and an official of the Honest Ballot Association
SANDY WENDELL - Gregory Wendell's daughter
CLINTON WHEELOCK - Senior partner in the firm of Wheelock, Wendell, and Farrington
JURORS
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Authors

Ira Wallach

Ira Wallach

Abram S.  Ginnes

Abram S. Ginnes

Drink Only to Me premiered October 8, 1958 at 54th Street Theatre, New York.

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