Comedians

by  Trevor Griffiths

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  13m

"Intelligent, daring." - The New York Times

"A blistering drama that packs a punch." - New York Daily News"An irresistible serious comedy...as funny and painful as a play about comedians should be." - New York Post

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Taking the subject of comedy seriously, Comedians electrified Broadway audiences with its look at the ethics of getting a laugh in the world of stand-up comics. Students taking a night class for aspiring comedians work up their acts, perform and fail or succeed depending on whether or not they cater to the crass, philistine views of a talent agent.
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Reviews

"Intelligent, daring." - The New York Times

"A blistering drama that packs a punch." - New York Daily News"An irresistible serious comedy...as funny and painful as a play about comedians should be." - New York Post"Comedians does for comics what A Chorus Line does for dancers...a great work of comedy about comedy and the serious business of being funny." - NBC-TV

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Setting: A secondary school and in a workingmen's club in Manchester, England. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

13m
CARETAKER
GETHIN PRICE
PHIL MURRAY
GEORGE MCBRAIN
SAMMY SAMUELS
MICK CONNOR
EDDIE WATERS
GED MURRAY
MR. PATEL
BERT CHALLENOR
CLUB SECRETARY - M.C.
TEDDY
PIANIST
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Cast Attributes

  • All Male

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Authors

Trevor Griffiths

Trevor Griffiths was born in Manchester in 1935, of Irish and Welsh descent. He worked as a teacher, a liberal studies lecturer and a further education officer for the BBC before becoming a full time writer in 1970. He has been writing for the theatre, television and cinema since the late 60s. His work ...

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Comedians was first presented at The Music Box Theatre in New York City on November 28, 1976. It was directed by Mike Nichols. 

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