Playing Doctor

by  Billy Van Zandt, Jane Milmore

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"Wonderful... wacky comedy... will undoubtedly become standard dinner theatre fare across the country... contains more wit than is usual in sex farce." - Asbury Park Press
Rob Brewster's parents are very, very proud of their son the doctor. What they don't know is that Rob has used all the money they gave him for medical school to live on as he as has pursued his fledgling writing career. Inevitably, Rob's day of reckoning comes when his parents arrive for a visit.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Rob Brewster's parents are very, very proud of their son the doctor. What they don't know is that Rob has used all the money they gave him for medical school to live on as he as has pursued his fledgling writing career. Inevitably, Rob's day of reckoning comes when his parents arrive for a visit. Quickly, he enlists the help of his secretary to be his nurse and his roommate Jimmy to round up his actor friends to pretend to be patients. Complications ensue when Jimmy decides he is such a good actor that he can impersonate all the patients, with the help of a trunk of costumes and bad dialects! The authors have written some zany farces but this one may just be their zaniest. It is great fun to perform, and great fun to see.
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Reviews

"Moliere, move over! Wonderful... wacky comedy... This fast-paced farce will undoubtedly become standard dinner theatre fare across the country... contains more wit than is usual in sex farce." - Asbury Park Press

“Sight gags for sore sides!” - Newsday


Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Rob Brewster's suburban home in northern New Jersey, 1983.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 3f
ROB BREWSTER- early 30s and simply gorgeous to look at; a struggling writer, fast-talking and oozing with charm, convinced he is the only sane man left on earth
JIMMY CARMICHAEL - late 20s, early 30s; a starving actor by way of being an atrocious actor; is so earnest and dedicated that you want to see him succeed; best pals and roommates with Rob
MAX BLAKE - mid-20s, dumber than the dumbest dumb blonde; also a brunette; lives in her own world of logic, but she tries, works four times as hard as anyone else and is still behind; adorable and sexy, child-like and fragile, but very strong-willed and manipulative underneath
ROBERT BREWSTER III - 50s, an overbearing, pompous millionaire; has time only for crippling businesses and chasing women, too busy for his wife and son; reeks of money, dresses impeccably
JANET BREWSTER - 50s, a scatterbrained society wife; loves her son but never sees him nor speaks with him; subservient and repressed, hasn't used her mind in years; looks the typical dowager
CHUCK MURDOCK- 30s, the jack ass from next door; psychotically jealous of his ex-wife, who dates Jimmy, but is nevertheless a buffoon; a tennis pro
MAUREEN - early 30s, a nymphomaniac; was married to Chuck but left him for obvious reasons; possessive and jealous, currently trained on poor Jimmy; totally innocent and naive, tries to please; a beautiful blonde with great legs
UNCLE HAROLD - the ultimate hypochondriac, a big fat sweating man in his late 50s; an obvious case of nepotism, being Robert's Vice President; wears a bow tie
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Cast Attributes

  • 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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Playing Doctor opened at the Dam Site Dinner-Theater, Tinton Falls, NJ on June 3, 1983. It was produced by Kathy Reed and directed by Billy Van Zandt.

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