Things My Mother Taught Me
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?
“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
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- 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
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting3m, 3f, 1m or f
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.
- Ensemble cast
- Flexible casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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.