Too Many Cooks

by  Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 2f

"Brilliantly written" - CHCD Radio, Ontario

"A hilarious comedy... a huge success." - Simcoe Reformer
It’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak. In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter, Honey, have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star - the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe - fails to appear, tonight’s grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak.  In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter, Honey, have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star - the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe - fails to appear, tonight’s grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy.  However, when unemployed chef Frank Plunkett wanders in looking for work, Honey persuades him to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe, meanwhile, also has to contend with Chicago gangster Alfonse Feghetti and his sidekick who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze that, unbeknownst to Bubbalowe, has found its way into his basement. In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook, on the trail of the vanished chef, as well as a suspicious teetotalling Mountie who is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for both murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues and Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet’s nest of fabricated stories and identities as they try valiantly to save the restaurant - and themselves - from both the gangsters and the law.

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Reviews

"Too Many Cooks was the most entertaining play I have ever seen! I've never laughed so hard at a play... brilliantly written and performed." - CHCD Radio, Ontario

"Too Many Cooks is a hilarious comedy... a huge success." - Simcoe Reformer

"Those who enjoy comedic farce will giggle non-stop" - Port Dover Maple Leaf

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Niagara Falls, Ontario, during Prohibition
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

6m, 2f
IRVING BUBBALOWE - affable fellow in his mid-forties to mid-fifties, proprietor of “Château Bubbalowe”
MICKEY MCCALL - scruffy-looking man in his forties, delivery man for Dominion Warehouse
HONEY BUBBALOWE - attractive woman in her late twenties, Irving’s daughter
FRANK PLUNKETT - pleasant-looking man in his thirties, unemployed chef
ALFONSE “NOODLES” FEGHETTI - Chicago mob boss, à la Al Capone, mid-to-late forties
SHIRLEY - large, imposing mob enforcer type, mid-to-late thirties, Al’s right-hand man
VERONICA SNOOK - officious-looking woman in her forties, investigator for Canadian Immigration
HAMILTON X. EFFING - Dudley Do-Right type, in his mid-thirties to forties, Constable for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Marcia Kash

Marcia has eleven shows to her credit including For This Moment Alone, Discovering Elvis and five plays with long-time collaborator Douglas E. Hughes. Their first play, Who’s Under Where? has been translated into six languages and is currently enjoying its first Polish language translation in Warsaw. Their comedy Too ...

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Douglas E. Hughes

As well as the five plays he’s written with his cohort Marcia Kash, Doug has written a one-act comedy—Taken For Granted, three screenplays—Hearing Trouble, Star Struck and A Different Corner, and a novel—a comedy/thriller called The Poor Player. Doug has also been a professional actor since 1979. To date, he has spent ...

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Too Many Cooks was first presented at at the Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover, Ontario, on July 23rd, 2003. It was directed by Robert More.

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