My Heart Reminds Me

by  Tom Sharkey

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

"Fast but controlled, racy but elegant. . . . Leads one on a light hearted way from the word Go." - The Weekend Review, Chicago
This uproarious, fast moving comedy of marital near infidelity defies easy classification in that it actually has six continuing characters but they are played by only one man and one woman.

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My Heart Reminds Me

by  Tom Sharkey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A fast, funny, frolic in the parlor of a New England publisher. Caught up in this summer weekend folly are the publisher in middle-age crisis, his faithful wife of twenty-five years and his zany, naive but willing secretary. This romatic comedy gets complicated by the arrival of three strange guests - a celebrated Swiss biologist, a flamboyant actress and her first and third husband who claims to be the world's greatest Bulgarian actor.

This uproarious, fast moving comedy of marital near infidelity defies easy classification in that it actually has six continuing characters but they are played by only one man and one woman.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Fast but controlled, racy but elegant. . . . Leads one on a light hearted way from the word Go." - The Weekend Review, Chicago

"...an evening of belly laughs. As refreshing as two scoops of daiquiri ice, it presents approximately the same level of mental challenge, but lasts longer and is much less fattening." - Emily DeHuff - The Calendar

"...comedy has a sense of early Neil Simon about it..." - Virginia Wicklund, Critiques Unique WDCB FM radio.

Keywords

Aging, Betrayal, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    The play takes place in the "parlor of the Foster manor" in June.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 1f

GEORGE PEABODY FOSTER - a respectable paperback publisher, who is suffering the onslaughts of the arrival of middle age
KATHRYN FOSTER - George's respectable wife, who is suffering the onslaughts of the arrival of her husband's middle age
AUDREY ABBLER - George's shy, devoted,virginal and somewhat mawkish secretary
DR. WOLFGANG CORDAY - a Swiss biologist, who writes with authority on insectology and sex
VIVECA NICE - a glamorous and often married film star
STANISLAUS PETKOV - Viveca's first and third husband, the world's greatest Bulgarian actor

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

It is imperative that all the roles be played by only two actors: a man and a woman.

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Authors

Tom Sharkey

Tom Sharkey (1934-2008), author-composer-lyricist-producer, began his career at the age of 19 as a writer-editor for the Chicago Magazine and published two books before graduating from Chicago State University. He was Playwright-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; a winner of Golden Camera and Sil ...

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My Heart Reminds Me premiered at Playwright Center in Chicago, Illinois and subsequently moved on to premiere performances out of the country in Oshawa, Canada and Trinidad, West Indies.

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