Half and Half

by  James Sherman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 2f

In Half and Half, James Sherman explores marriages past and present in two related one-act plays. In the first act, set at a breakfast in 1970, the breadwinner husband reads the newspaper and the homemaker wife fries the eggs. In act two, at a breakfast taking place this morning, the career…

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Half and Half

by  James Sherman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

In Half and Half, James Sherman explores marriages past and present in two related one-act plays. In the first act, set at a breakfast in 1970, the breadwinner husband reads the newspaper and the homemaker wife fries the eggs. In act two, at a breakfast taking place this morning, the career-minded wife reads the paper and the stay-at-home husband cooks the frittata. With his unique comic insight, Sherman looks at how husbands and wives accept and reject their roles, how their roles have changed and, how their roles just might be changing back.
The same three actors portray the age appropriate roles in each act, creating an interesting parallel between the two generations, making for a very poignant comedy about marriage.

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Reviews

A smart, telling comedy about married life...Filled with wit and biting humor. - ChicagoCritic.com

His comic dialogue is sharp and his investigation of marital malaise should send a shock of recognition through many spectators. - Copley News

It's an entertaining mind bender about a groovy kind of love...Sherman scrutinizes the social attitudes and gender roles between the comparable but very different household environs in 1970 and 2005. - Tuscon Sentinel

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Kitchen in the family home in the Rogers Park area of Chicago.

    Act One takes place on April 22, 1970.  Act Two takes place in the same location on July 5, 2005.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 2f

ACT I

SUSAN
STEWART - her husband.
LUCY - their fifteen year old daughter.

ACT II

LUCY
JEREMY - her husband
KATIE - their fifteen year old daughter

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Cast Attributes

  • Features Teens

Casting Notes

One actress plays Susan and Lucy(Act II). Once actor plays Stewart and Jeremy. One actress plays Lucy (Act I) and Katie.

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Authors

James Sherman

James Sherman is the author of the plays Magic Time, The God of Isaac, Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close, and Jacob and Jack.James was a theatre student at Illinois Sta ...

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