First Night (Neary)

by  Jack Neary

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

"Considerable charm, zest, imagination, and expertise [...]" - Variety

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First Night (Neary)

by  Jack Neary

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A bright, warm comedy about dreams, life, and love, that had critics and audiences cheering at its premiere. Danny Fleming had convinced himself that life’s dreams can’t be anything more than dreams. Then back into his life walks his eighth-grade flame, Meredith O’Connor – only now it’s Sister Meredith Louise, and it becomes a New Year’s Eve to remember.
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"Considerable charm, zest, imagination, and expertise [...]" - Variety

"A lovely riff of magic." - The Boston Globe

"What a delight!" - The Los Angeles Times

"You can't help cheering." - New York Post

"A crisp and neatly starched little heart-warmer." - Newsday


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


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


1m, 1f

DANNY FLEMNIG - early 30s
MEREDITH - early 30s

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Cast Attributes

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



Jack Neary

Jack Neary's plays have been produced all over the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He is the author of Samuel French plays First Night and Sandbag, Stage Left (as John Anthony), as well as adaptations of The Fall of the House of Usher, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and The Little Match Girl. His Jerry Finne ...

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First Night was first produced by the Mount Holyoke College Summer Theatre, then by the Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  Produced in Boston by Tommy Brent, Tony Capodilupo and the Theatre Lobby.  Produced in New York by Scottie Held and Ann Baker, at the Westside Theatre.

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