Duets

by  Peter Quilter

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

A hilarious tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart. Though written to be produced in its entirety with a cast of up to M4 F4, Duets may also be performed as four separate one-act plays, each with a cast of M1 F1.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships and why the grass is never greener. Duets is a hilarious tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart. Though written to be produced in its entirety with a cast of up to M4 F4, Duets may also be performed as four separate one-act plays, each with a cast of M1 F1.  The cast size is flexible.

A very funny comedy by the author of Broadway smash End of the Rainbow and the West End hit Glorious! Four sets of characters, four crucial moments. Jonathan and Wendy are on a blind date and hoping to get it right this time even though they've never got it right before; Barrie is not really interested in women but Janet sees that as no reason to stop trying; Shelley and Bobby have decided to holiday in Spain to finalize their divorce whilst drowning in cocktails; Angela is marrying for the third time to the dismay of her brother Toby and amidst a barrage of bad omens and a dress resembling a parachute.

See individual titles for details: Secretarial Skills, The Bride-to-Be, Blind Date and The Holiday

http://www.peterquilter.net/DUETS.html

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"This bittersweet quick-change comedy is streaked with pathos and is effortlessly charming, with each character sketched with verve and skill."  -  Sydney Morning Herald

"Quilter's understanding of human desires and quirks is on show and probed so endearingly ... A warm and funny exploration of love and other bruises."  -  Daily Telegraph

"Compelling, dense, funny and varied ... The language is always beautifully rendered, character-specific, and emotionally satisfying ... Duets is a play to be treasured!"   -   Atlanta Theater Review

Video clip of the Dallas production -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjHesjm2NU

Keywords

Friendship, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    One set.  The living room of an apartment.  Some of the features/props change between each play.

  • 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)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Cast size is flexible.  If the company is short on male actors (for example) they could double-up their roles to give you 2M/4F.  The show can also be done with just 2 actors (1M/1F) or any combination in-between 2 and 8!

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Authors

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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Premiere in 2009 at the Ensemble Theatre in Sydney Australia.  The show has since been performed in over 20 countries.

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