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by  Richard McBrien

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  2m, 1f

Janet and Harry's rocky marriage - and Janet's identidy - is challenged when the Gasman pays a visit to their cottage. Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 6th Series.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this hilarious British comedy, longtime couple Janet and Harry quarrel over everything from toast to the meaning of love. As Janet gets Harry ready in the morning, she wonders if there's anything more to married life that the day-in-day-out challenges. When the gasman stops by for a routine meter reading, Janet's pushed over the edge and starts to question her own existence. A hilarious comedy that offers rich monologues for both the characters Janet and the Gasman, as well as a dark look at the role of the housewife.  Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 6th Series.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival

Keywords

Feminism, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A kitchen.
  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 1f
Janet Matthews
Harry Matthews
The Gasman
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Richard  McBrien

Richard McBrien

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