Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect

by  Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

"A bright play that should not be missed." - Asbury Park Press

The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Tom's infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billy's savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else! There's plenty of money in grandfather Buckle's will, but these two black sheep are pretty sure they'll never see any of that. What else to do but dress Billy up as a nun and have him pose as their cousin who is to inherit the entire fortune?

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Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect

by  Billy Van Zandt Jane Milmore

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The Buckle brothers, Billy and Tom, are in big trouble: Tom's infallible eye for slow horses has drained away all of Billy's savings and he has borrowed from loan shark Pizza Face Petrillo, who now wants his money back or else! Involve a stuffy young lawyer, a hard drinking, man hungry housekeeper and a trio of beautiful young women, and you have the recipe for a laugh packed farce of twists, turns, puns and pratfalls as Tom strives mightily to compensate for Billy's "habitual" errors.
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Reviews

"A winner! A bright play that should not be missed." - Asbury Park Press

“A side-splitting good time!” - The Brunswick News

“This show is hilarious! It's brilliant!" - The Enquirer

“’Lie, Cheat... offers puns pratfalls and fun!... Gag after gag! spans French farce’s broad physical humor and elements of a well-made play without neglecting clever dialogue. A show worth pawning your dog to see!” - The Daily Register

Keywords

Death, Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

4m, 4f
BILLY BUCKLE
TOM BUCKLE
ROBERT FRYBURGER
VIRGINIA
GIRL
JANE
PIZZA FACE PETRILLO
MISS MACKINTOSH
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Cast Attributes

  • Drag performance
  • 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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Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect opened at the Dam Site Dinner-Theater, Tinton Falls, NJ on August 21, 1981. It was produced by Kathy Reed and directed by Billy Van Zandt

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