A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing!

by  Robert Caisley

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 1f

"There are lots of jokes in this play that make up all of the crazy action going on on stage...When it all comes to an end, the audience is still laughing uproariously." - Davis Enterprise

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A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing!

by  Robert Caisley

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

New York producer Jerry Cobb has invited wunderkind playwright Nebraska Jones for an all-expense-paid trip to paradise. Cobb has invested all his money commissioning Jones’ next play, which he believes will eclipse his Broadway debut – hailed by critics as a “masterpiece of comic timing.” Banking on Jones’ reputation and momentum, Cobb is disheartened to find his playwright suffering from a severe case of depression: he’s morose; he won’t eat; he can’t write – in fact all he wants to do is drink Cobb’s bourbon and sleep all day in the $250-per-night luxury room, at Cobb’s considerable expense. Right-hand man, Charlie Bascher, is charged with keeping the kid at the typewriter, distracting him from the booze, and figuring out the cause of his distemper. 

What happens when you’ve paid for the next hit comedy, but what’s coming out of the typewriter is tragedy? In this “vintage” screwball comedy skewering an artistic life in the theatre, the line between comedy and drama comes under hilarious scrutiny and is found to be much narrower – and sillier – than you’d think.

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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"There are lots of jokes in this play that make up all of the crazy action going on on stage... When it all comes to an end, the audience is still laughing uproariously." - Davis Enterprise, Read More

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: The Royal Palms Hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, 1963

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 1f
JERRY COBB - a producer
CHARLIE BASCHER - his eager assistant
DANNY “NEBRASKA” JONES - a neurotic writer
NOLA HART - Danny’s ex
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Robert Caisley

Robert Caisley is Associate Professor of Theatre & Film, and Head of the Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Idaho. He was named the 2011 Blaine Quarnstrom Visiting Playwright at the University of Southern Mississippi. His play Happy, presented at the 2011 National New Play Network (NNPN) Annual Showcase of ...

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A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing premiered at B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA in March 2016 under the direction of Buck Busfield.

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