Don't Drink the Water

by  Woody Allen

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  12m, 4f

"Moved the audience to great laughter [...] Allen's imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop." - New York Daily News

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Don't Drink the Water

by  Woody Allen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m, 4f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist – a caterer by trade – and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture-taking. It’s not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador’s son and the caterer’s daughter even have time to fall in love.

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Reviews

"Moved the audience to great laughter [...] Allen's imagination is daffy, his sense of the ridiculous is keen and gags snap, crackle and pop." - New York Daily News

"It is filled with [...] bright and hilarious dialogue." - New York Post

Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Politics

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s, 1960s
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place in an American Embassy somewhere behind the Iron Curtain.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

12m, 4f
FATHER DROBNEY
AMBASSADOR MAGEE
KILROY
AXEL MAGEE
MARION HOLLANDER
WALTER HOLLANDER
SUSAN HOLLANDER
KROJACK
BURNS
CHEF
SULTAN OF BASHIR
SULTAN'S FIRST WIFE
KASNAR
COUNTESS BORDONI
NOVOTNY
WALTER
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Authors

Woody Allen

Woody Allen, though best known for his films, has also enjoyed a very successful career in theater. His first great success was Don't Drink the Water, which opened in 1968, and ran for 598 performances for ...

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Don't Drink the Water was first presented on Broadway by David Merrick in association with Jack Rollins and Charles Joffe at the Morosco Theatre in New York Cityon November 17, 1966. It was directed by Stanley Prager.

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