In and Out of the Light

by  Elaine May

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

The third of the three hit comedies produced Off Broadway under the title Power Plays.

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In and Out of the Light

by  Elaine May

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    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
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  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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The final act of the Off Broadway hit Power Plays, this farcical delight revolves around a workaholic dentist attempting to have a fling with his curvaceous assistant. His plans are set hilariously awry by an after hours patient who is a mega neurotic psychologist with a pain phobia and by a surprise visit from his son who has two heart bursting announcements to make: he is gay (but celibate) and, worse, he doesn't want to be a dentist after all.
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"Classic comedies...with subversive details that keep catching you off guard....The evening...percolates with actorly inventiveness and a willingness to pursue a warped logic step by step into the land of absurdity. Has a heady sense of discovery, of seeing prototypical situations being twisted and spun to the point of dizziness, of disparate comic minds bouncing off each other." - The New York Times, Read More

" enriching collaboration between veteran masters of off-the-wall humor." - VarietyRead More

"A giddy delight." - New York Post

"Hilarious as well as thoughtful." - The New York Daily News


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance
    $90 with other plays in collection



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: A dentist's office, waiting room, and examining room.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 2f
DR. KESSELMAN - A cheating dentist.
SUE - Dr. Kesselman's new assistant.
HARRY - Dr. Kesselman's son who is in dentistry school.
WANDA - A hyper anxious psychologist and patient of Dr. Kesselamn.
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In and Out of the Light was originally produced at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in April 1998 under the direction of Alan Arkin as a part of the collection of shorts, Power Plays.

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