Wally's Cafe

by  Sam Bobrick, Ron Clark

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 2f

"The best comic explosion you'll see on Broadway this season." - N.Y. Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A three-character play about Wally, a man who buys a cafe on the wrong side of the road that goes to Las Vegas. Wally, his wife, and their one waitress watch the years go by and see all of Wally's hopes and dreams bite the dust. Nevertheless, there is a happy ending to this gag-filled comedy that spans four decades.
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"The best comic explosion you'll see on Broadway this season." - New York Daily News

"Funny, disarming and engaging." - WINS

"Wonderful wacky comedy." - Associated Press


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1980s, 1960s, 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Summer 1940 - then 1958 and 1981. A small roadside cafe in California right near the Nevada border, about 40 miles from Las Vegas.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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


1m, 2f
WALLY MURDOCK - A man in his early thirties
LOUISE MURDOCK - A woman in her late twenties
JANET CHESTER - A pretty young woman in her early twenties
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Over the course of the play, the characters age 40 years.



Sam Bobrick

Sam Bobrick( www.sambobrick.com ) has written and co-written over forty plays, most of them performed throughout the world, which include: Norman, Is That You?, Murder at the Howard Johnson's, Weekend Comedy, Remember Me?, Death in England, Passengers, Are You Sure?, Baggage, Get ...

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Ron Clark

Ron Clark has been writing comedy for over 60 years. Born in Montreal, Canada, he started writing songs and sketches while at McGill University. He then headed for New York City where he spent several years writing monologues for the likes of Jack Carter, Alan King, Henny Youngman as well as dozens of other stand-ups o ...

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Wally's Cafe opened on Broadway June 12, 1981 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, directed by Fritz Holt.

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