Things My Mother Taught Me

by  Katherine DiSavino

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f, 1m or f

Olivia and Gabe are moving into their first apartment together. They’ve just packed up all of their belongings and driven halfway across the country, to start a new life together in Chicago. Their moving day doesn't go exactly as planned, though, and things become slightly more complicated when all of their parents show up to help! Can a two bedroom apartment contain all of the love, laughs, worry and wisdom that's about to happen? 

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Things My Mother Taught Me

by  Katherine DiSavino

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f, 1m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

This brand new comedy from the author of Nana's Naughty Knickers takes a generational look at relationships, and how sometimes parents are passing their best lessons on to their children without even meaning to. Funny and touching, this one will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again.

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Reviews

Things My Mother Taught Me is superbly written...[it's] a wonderful, sentimental, true-to-life comedy about love and family, guaranteed to leave young and old with knowing smiles, because we've all had mothers of our own." - Intelligencer Journal

"Expect to fall head over heels for Things, a show with heart and humor...It is, quite simply, loveable." - Lancaster Sunday News

“When you move into a new apartment, don’t forget to clean the top of the refrigerator and buy a new toilet seat. These are just a few tips from Things My Mother Taught Me, a hilarious show [that] had last Friday’s audience laughing so hard that some of those in attendance had tears streaming down their faces...” - Charity Apple / Times-News

"[Things My Mother Taught Me] is is entertaining and touching, enough to move the heart of the most reluctant romantic." - The Oakland Press

"Makes for one hilarious time...Things My Mother Taught Me has just about everything you'd want in a romantic comedy, all wrapped up with an appreciate-your-mother bow. You shouldn't miss it." - Quad-Cities Online

"This is a clever script with lots of laughs... "Things My Mother Taught Me" may be the most love-affirming comedy you’re likely to see this season [and] it is a treat to see a play in which three couples love each other and value the things that make their partners special." - The Examiner


Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: An empty apartment in Chicago. A young couple is just moving in. At the top of the play, a very large armchair is stuck in the front door.
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

3m, 3f, 1m or f
OLIVIA KEEGAN - ­ late 20s; energetic; neat; slightly OCD; an architect.
KAREN KEEGAN - late 50s-60s; Olivia's mother.
CARTER KEEGAN ­ - 60s; Olivia's father.
GABE LAWSON ­ - late 20s; a writer; good-natured.
LYDIA LAWSON - late 50s-60s; Gabe's mother.
WYATT LAWSON - 60s; Gabe's father.
MAX MIROWSKI - late 50s; Polish accent; building super; may be played by a man or woman.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The character of Max Mirowski may be played by a man or a woman. Lines that reference this character's gender may be adjusted accordingly.

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Authors

Katherine DiSavino

Katherine DiSavino is a Los Angeles writer. She is currently a Staff Writer on the CW TV series THE OUTPOST, and is featured on Tracking Board's "Young & Hungry" list of the top 100 New Writers in Hollywood. She has pitched on a number of film, television and digital projects and has worked with screenwriters on fea ...

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Things My Mother Taught Me was originally produced at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre in Pennsylvania in the Summer of 2012.

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