Relatively Close

by  James Sherman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

"Warm, witty, and hilariously engaging." - Southtown Star

"A comedic doppleganger of August: Osage County." - Daily Herald

"Filled with laughs from start to finish!" - TheatreInChicago.com

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Relatively Close

by  James Sherman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Three sisters return to the home on the shores of Lake Michigan where they spent the summers of their youth.  Now, the sisters are grown, the parents are gone, and the house is in question.  One sister wants to keep it, one sister wants to sell it, and one sister just wants everyone to get along.  With their husbands and one disgruntled teenager all gathered together for one tense family gathering, they may find hope for the future or the downfall of the present.
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Reviews

"Warm, witty, and hilariously engaging." - Southtown Star

"A comedic doppleganger of August: Osage County." - Daily Herald

"Filled with laughs from start to finish!" - TheatreInChicago.com

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A two-story home in Union Pier, Michigan.
  • 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

4m, 3f
JAN - The eldest sister, 47 years old
BETH - The middle sister, 45 years old
MARLENE - The youngest sister, 44 years old
YOUSEF - Jan's husband, Iranian-American
ARTHUR - Beth's husband, African-American
RON - Marlene's husband, Jewish-American
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Multi-racial casting.

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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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Relatively Close received its co-world premiere at the Center for Performing Arts at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. on November 11, 2007, under the direction of Don LaCasse.

Relatively Close received it's co-world premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, IL. on June 16, 2008, under the direction of Dennis Zacek.

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