Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.

by  Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Enough comic lines to fill an encyclopedia of humor." - Red Bank Register

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Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.

by  Billy Van Zandt Jane Milmore

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The classic farce that everyone should be doing – especially around tax time! Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married. The day of reckoning comes when the Internal Revenue Service informs the “couple” they’re going to be investigated. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon’s fiancée, Kate. Complicating matters further, Leslie and Kate are having an affair behind Jon’s back, Jon’s mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son’s fiancée, and Leslie’s ex-girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie has changed and won’t see her anymore. Like a cross between I Love Lucy and Some Like it Hot.

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Reviews

"Enough comic lines to fill an encyclopedia of humor." - Red Bank Register, NJ

"A season seldom goes by that this show doesn't run somewhere nearby. And for good reason. It convulses audiences!" - Englewood Times, FL

"Eat carefully before curtain time or you might laugh enough to choke if you don't." - Asbury Park Press, NJ

"If you enjoy broad comedy and men in dresses, this is the play for you!" - Houston Times, TX

"Perfect for dinner-theater, Little Theater, or any theater." - Omaha World Herald, NE

"A concoction of mistken identities and sub-plots that would put Shakespeare to shame." - Star Beacon, OH

"The funniest show I have seen in years. This is a MUST see!" - News Tribune, OR

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York City, 1978.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 3f
KATE DENNIS
LESLIE ARTHUR
MR. JANSEN
JON TRACHTMAN
FLOYD SPINNER
VIVIAN TRACHTMAN
CONNIE
ARNOLD GRUNOIN
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Billy Van Zandt

Billy Van Zandt - after starring in a series of his own plays (If you've never seen this clown at work, you should be ashamed of yourself - Asbury Park Press), Billy made his feature film debut in Jaws 2. The success of his comedies (written with partner Jane Milmore) brought him to the attention of Bob Newhart, who hi ...

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Jane Milmore

Jane Milmore began her career as an actress. After starring in several national TV commercials, she appeared in the TV shows Anything But Love and Sydney, as well as guest-starring on Bless This House, Newhart, Martin, The Hughley’s, and The Wayans Bros. Jane also ap ...

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Love, Sex and the I.R.S. opened at the Dam Site Dinner-Theater, Tinton Falls, NJ, on June 1, 1979 under the direction of Billy Van Zandt.

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