Hortense and Daniel, a married couple of over 40 years, plan to embark on their first European vacation, but the two have very different outlooks on travel. Daniel is convinced he will be unimpressed by the other side of the pond. His conditions for the trip are: no Paris, no Venice, no shopping, sightseeing, or speaking in French. Hortense, on the other hand, is full of life and eager to experience Europe fully. When Daniel embarrasses Hortense in front of family and friends, she announces that the trip is cancelled. As her adult children try to convince her to forgive Daniel, Hortense must decide how she feels about the man with whom she has shared a life for 40 years. Daniel, in turn, to save his marriage must show how much he appreciates Hortense. Paris is Out! is a witty and heart-warming comedy about the triumphs and struggles of a lifelong marriage.
"The audience gave every evidence of loving it!" - The New York Times
"The audience around me was laughing hysterically." - ABC TV
"An entertaining family comedy – humorous, tempremental, alive.” - Brooks Atkinson
“The audience nudges each other in delicious recognition!” - Variety
“Paris is Out! is as rich and delicious and filling as a large helping of apple strudel.” - Morning Telegraph
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 1970s, 1960s
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
New York City, an apartment on the Upper East side. Living room, several doors, one to the hallway outside, an entrance to the kitchen, perhaps one on either side of it. Also a door to the bedroom and bath offstage. Tastefully furnished, practical not exotic.
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy
HATTIE FIELDS - Sixties. A widow. Nice, cozy, and very dependant on Hortense.
HORTENSE BRAND - Sixties. Vital, involved. She cares.
DANIEL BRAND - Late sixties. A rough diamond in the rough.
ROGER BRAND - Thirty-five. Attractive, outgoing, vital, and nervous because he's been married, isn't any more, and can't quite cope.
ARLENE KANDER - Twenty-seven. Attractive, outgoing, vital, and nervous because she's not married at all.
ANDREW GRAEL - Seventeen. Daniel and Hortense's grandson, Roger's nephew. Very sure of himself. But once in a while we are reminded that Booth Tarkington was no dope.
CHARLOTTE GRAEL - Forty. A suburban mother of four. She is the Brands' daughter, Roger's sister. She is a mother of four, that's her life's work.
HELLEVI GESSNEHR - An attractive stewrdess on the S.S. Gripsholm. Should have a Swedish accent.
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
Paris is Out! premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in January 1970 under the direction of Paul Aaron. It ran for 108 performances and toured estensively after the run on Broadway.