Magic Time

by  James Sherman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

"There is an artful innocence....It is also delightful." - The New York Times

"Captivating....It is entirely winning." - The New York Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Magic Time is the perfect play for a young ensemble of actors who can handle both contemporary comedy and Shakespeare.  Inspired by the early days of the Steppenwolf Theatre, Magic Time shows a troupe of actors in a makeshift dressing room in the basement of a church.  Fueled by dedication and youthful enthusiasm, the backstage relationships cleverly mirror the onstage ones as they prepare for a performance of Hamlet.
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Reviews

"There is an artful innocence....It is also delightful." - The New York Times

"Captivating....It is entirely winning." - The New York Daily News

Keywords

Friendship, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1970s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A makeshift dressing room in the basement of a church, 1974.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

5m, 3f
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  • Not Applicable

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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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Magic Time premiered at The Actors and Directors Theatre in New York City on December 7, 1981.

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