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Looking for A New Comedy....

  • 1.  Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-13-2019 09:23
    It's that time of year...looking for something similar to our past three shows--a comedy with literary elements.  Something with merit.  Our past three shows have been really successful in our rural community:

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2019)
    Dearly Departed (2018)
    Almost, Maine (2017)

    We are not interested in corny, made-for-high school plays.  Something in the same vein as above would do the trick.  Looking forward to your suggestions!  Thanks!

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    K Lang
    Ticonderoga NY
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  • 2.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-13-2019 12:34
    We really enjoyed doing Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily years ago. I can't remember who wrote it but Playscripts has it

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    Shira Schwartz
    Chandler Unified School District
    Chandler AZ
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  • 3.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-14-2019 09:12
    We had a ball doing Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Twentieth Century. It is hilarious.

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  • 4.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-14-2019 08:59
    Proposals or Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
    Harvey or Cocktails with Mimi by Mary Chase
    Done to Death by Fred Carmichael
    The Pink Panther was fun to do also ... a little goofy but definitely more merit than a cheesy high high school show.

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    Toni Thomas
    English Teacher, Theatre Director
    West Branch MI
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  • 5.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-14-2019 10:21
    Two years ago we did You Can't Take It With You and it went very well. Plus, actors and tech had a great time doing it. With a few tweaks this show holds up incredibly well and still has a great message to deliver.





  • 6.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-14-2019 14:56
    I’ll second You Can’t Take it With You, we did it last year and the cast and audience loved it. Another great is Once in a Lifetime...still a favorite

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    Karin Neal
    Theatre Director
    Trinity Catholic Jr. Sr. High School
    Hutchinson KS
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  • 7.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-14-2019 21:31
    My favorites have been:
    You Can’t Take It With You
    And Never Been Kissed by Aurand Harris (not at all like the movie by a similar title)
    Harvey
    A Delightful Quarantine
    Sense & Sensibility adapted by Kate Hamill
    Lost In Yonkers
    The Curious Savage


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    Megan Weeks
    Teacher/Director
    Huron Valley Schools
    Milford MI
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  • 8.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-18-2019 14:15
    Thanks, all.  The search continues.  I'd like to add that I'd prefer the show was something contemporary.  Also, looking at a play with at least 7F and no more than 5M.  I realize this is really particular.  We may go for another Jones-Hope-Wooten Southern comedy, but are only two years removed from Dearly Departed.

    Does anyone have experience with Middletown?  Sounds intriguing but I'm not sure it will be funny enough.

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    K Lang
    Ticonderoga NY
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  • 9.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 09-24-2019 21:48
    Looks like She Kills Monsters is going to be our pick.  Thanks for the suggestions!

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    K Lang
    Ticonderoga NY
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  • 10.  RE: Looking for A New Comedy....

    Posted 11 days ago
    I couldn't get away with the bawdiness of Noises Off at my Christian school, but I love that play. I too steer clear of most written-for-teens scripts, but I made an exception last year after consulting with my graduating seniors, and did Don Zolidis's "Nooses Off". Super funny and we had never done a really energetic slapstick farce before, So much fun working on it and cast, crew, and audiences really enjoyed the many challenges of the show.

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    Steven Slaughter
    English/Theatre
    Rosslyn Academy
    Nairobi, Kenya

    "Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts." - W Berry
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