The Phony Physician

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

Adapted from Moliere's The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Skelly is the laziest fool in the village. He refuses to cut down trees because they are his only friends. To get even with her layabout husband, Mavis tells a wealthy man that Skelly is the most skilled physician in ten counties. And that to get him to work, Skelly must be beaten with a broom.

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The Phony Physician

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Period, Commedia del Arte
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Adapted from Moliere's The Doctor in Spite of Himself. Skelly is the laziest fool in the village. He refuses to cut down trees because they are his only friends. To get even with her layabout husband, Mavis tells a wealthy man that Skelly is the most skilled physician in ten counties. And that to get him to work, Skelly must be beaten with a broom. So poor, bullied Skelly is forced to become a doctor and to the city he goes - with resulting comic confusions and side-splitting satirical commentary on the medical profession. In the end he cures Lucy (she was only faking her illness to avoid a pre-arranged marriage) and becomes the hero of the day. Filled with farcical action and vaudeville-like jokes, this comedy is easily staged and a guaranteed audience-pleaser.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, Victorian (British and American), 19th Century
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    The play can be performed in any period but works best in 1910s America.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

5m, 3f

SKELLY SAWYER
MAVIS SAWYER
MR. GARVEY
LUCY
LEWIS LEDBETTER
STANTON
HUGO
JUDITH

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting

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Authors

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the J ...

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The Phony Physician was first presented at the State University of New York College at Cortland in Cortland, New York, on July 12, 1996. It was directed by the author.

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