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1.  I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

I am looking for some good comedy and farce plays that are not typically done. Any suggestions?

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Dean Feldman

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2.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

Are The Real Inspector Hound by Stoppard and Black Comedy by Shaffer too usual? I think both are tremendously clever. I saw Hound over the weekend at the Georgia Thes Con and the school did a fantastic job of adding to the already witty script. It looked like the actors loved what they were doing and each of them (8 I think) had a chance to shine.

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Kenneth Buswell
Drama Teacher

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3.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.


Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett is a classic; originally had Alec Guiness in the main role. Very clever, very witty. Alan Ayckbourn is also pretty good for farce, and he's written so many you could probably find one that was not too 'usual.'
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Phillip Goodchild
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4.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

Yes Mr. Felman - I know a good one.  Peachtree Does A Drama.  Great plot with lots of twists.

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Gina Parrish

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5.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

That is wonderful I will have to check it out.

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Dean Feldman

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6.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

A great one is "Exit the Body" by Fred Carmichael.  Samuel French has the rights.  I did it in HS, and then they remounted it about 7 years later at my old HS.  It was always a hit with the audiences, and such great characters.

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Raquel "Rocky" Encalada
Acting Coach
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7.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

Most of Tim Kelly's stuff is great for HS (and even earlier). He was also nice enough to skew most of his casts heavier female. We had a great success last fall with "Curse of the Werewolf" available from Dramatic Publishing.
http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p320/Curse-of-the-Werewolf/product_info.html

This fall, as part of a night of one-act shows, we mounted "Paper or Plastic?" by Werner Trieschmann. (Also Dramatic Pub). Zany, silly, Pythonesque at times. Just don't believe the "Approx. 40 min run time" on the description page. Paced properly, you *might* get 25-30 out of it. Still, a lot of fun.
http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=1824

Scott Piehler
Drama Director





8.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

I would highly recommend David Zarko's play The Bishop Comes to Visit.  My former colleague, retired drama teacher Mary Jo Bowes directed this last school year at the senior high from which I just retired.  Check out David's website at www.davidzarko.us --just google him.  It is a delightful farce and we staged it in the round --  but it works proscenium best.
Good luck

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Gretchen Barbor
Senior High Dramatics Coordinator - retired
Indiana Area School District


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9.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

You might look at Georges Feydeau Farces, A Flea in her Ear or A Little Hotel on the Side or HOtel Paradise.  He wrote at the turn of the last century and was the model for farce.  Many of the farces written for youth such as those by , Tim Kelly (sorry whoever is a fan), really talk down to students and place puns or sight gags ahead of plot or character.  Feydeau is writing for adults (but not dirty).

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Eric Levin
Southern Oregon University


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10.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.


There is a trilogy of farces by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten that have a lot of good parts for women and are hilarious.  My favorite is Christmas Belles, but they also wrote Dearly Beloved, and Southern Hospitality. All are available through Dramatists Play Service. Happy Reading (literally)  :)
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Marla Blasko
Theatre Arts Director

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11.  Farces

I have directed both Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor and Michael Frayn's Noises Off at the high school level. They're both great farces and the students really learned a great deal about the genre in both instances. You will need to make some modest edits regarding dress/undress and language, dependent upon your audience and community.

Personally, I would never touch the silly farces purportedly aimed at the high or middle school level.

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Michael Hurd

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12.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

I found "The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler" by Jeff Whitty http://www.dramatists.com/ a few years ago and had a wonderful experience directing the show.  See review of the production below.   The kids loved it!

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/kilbarger-224017-medina-gabler.html
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Kathy Cannarozzi-Harris
Chairperson Of Visual And Performing Arts
Mission Viejo High School
Mission Viejo, CA
kathy.harris@...

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13.  RE:I Am Looking For Not The Usual Farce Plays.

Last year, I was Assistant Director in our school's production of Don't Drink The Water, and it is probably one of my favorite farces of all time. 

A synopsis:
A cascade of comedy and a solid hit on Broadway, this affair takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist, a caterer by trade, and his wife and daughter rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police who suspect them of spying and picture taking. It's not much of a refuge, for the ambassador is absent and his son, now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, and the ambassador's son and the caterer's daughter even have time to fall in love.

The Woody Allen movie was horrible (in my opinion), but this play is absolutely hysterical. I've never seen another high school do it, and the humor is completely unique and dry. It has a very diverse cast, and once again, is side-splittingly funny. The script is somewhere online, just read it and you'll see!


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Maison Kelly
Dallas TX
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