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74 Georgia Avenue Drama 2 (2m, 0f) View Details Compare
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74 GEORGIA AVENUE, is a deeply affecting examination of the bizarre developments that follow when a successful (but deeply unhappy) white businessman, Marty, decides to spend a few days in his boyhood home, in what has now become a black neighborhood. He encounters Joseph, the son of the now deceased black man who was once the janitor of the once thriving synagogue that Marty attended as a child, and whose recollections of those long ago years parallel his own. And, magically, these years are relived, as Joseph "becomes" the long-dead figures who peopled Marty's boyhood and who, in memory, have drawn him to his journey into the past.

     

All Over Town Comedy/Satire 18 (12m, 6f) View Details Compare
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Increasingly disenchanted by the myriad disasters in the world around him, Dr. Lionel Morris, an eminent psychiatrist, is on the verge of withdrawing to a life of Buddhist contemplation. However, egged on by his intense daughter and her social worker fiancé, he is drawn into dealing with a very special welfare department case: a young man named Louie who has fathered nine children by five different women, all out of wedlock and all now on public assistance. The doctor's plan is to have Louie move into the family's luxurious apartment while he analyzes him, but, as luck would have it, a young black deliveryman, Lewis, strays by and is mistaken for Louie—a misconception with which he readily goes along. When the real Louie shows up Lewis conceals him in a guest room and gives him reams of the doctor's questionnaires to fill out, while he pursues his own scheme of hustling the good doctor into putting up the money for a tap-dancing school in Harlem. Adding to the general confusion are, among others, the doctor's vapid wife, who is carrying on an affair with a military man friend of the family; a lascivious Swedish maid who can't keep her hands off Lewis; a bogus "French" cook and maid; a near-sighted burglar; and the military man's opera-loving wife—all of whom make their individual, and very funny contributions both to the increasing merriment of the play and to the trenchant, underlying observations which liven and illuminate it.

A long-running Broadway hit, this hilarious modern farce makes outrageous fun of present day society and its assorted ills. "…a world of sane, zany comedy to cheer us up when we need it most." —NY Post. "…the funniest (play) Mr. Schisgal has given us since LUV." —NY Times. "…a gloriously tuned merry-go-round of laughter." —Village Voice.    

American Millionaire, An Comedy/Satire 7 (5m, 2f) View Details Compare
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The hero is the millionaire co-owner of a textile plant who seems to have all that one could wish for—but who finds himself thoroughly miserable. As things have gone from bad to worse his wife (whom he loves) has left him; he is overweight but can't stop eating; his partner has just about given up on him; and, to cap it all, someone is apparently trying to kill him. In an attempt to set matters straight his brilliant law student daughter enlists the aid of her professor (and lover of five years), whereupon the action becomes even more pell-mell, and even funnier—leading on to a quite unexpected yet characteristically zany resolution.

A madcap, hilarious comedy, produced by New York's renowned Circle in the Square company, which offers a wildly farcical view of contemporary society and its mores. "…I laughed, and I laughed quite a lot." —NY Times. "…Mr. Schisgal is a master of comic line, situation and character." —NY Post. "…takes a light-hearted view of modern America." —Variety.   

Artist and the Model, The 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL finds an aging male Artist sketching a young, female nude Model. Her youth and desirability provoke him to reflect on his life and the abyss that lies between age and youth, between desire and fulfillment.

     

Artist and the Model/2, The 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL/2 brings onstage a female Artist and her young, male nude Model. He is the son of her best friend who gave up the idea of being a painter to raise a family. Who made the wiser choice haunts the Artist as she sketches.

     

Basement, The (Schisgal) Comedy/Satire; Drama 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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The Basement is a serio-comedy study of a man who has estranged himself from his family and given up all hope for children, career or money to pursue the "noble" (and rather strange) scientific research that, in sad truth, has yielded only frustration and unhappiness.

     

Chinese, The Comedy/Satire 5 (2m, 3f) View Details Compare
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The scene is the Chinese laundry that is also home for the Lee family—father, mother and son, Chester. The older Lees are quite obviously Asian while Chester (who is usually taken for Jewish) is not—but his questions as to the possibility of his "real biological parents" are invariably turned aside by the Lees. Chester asks his fiancée (a nice Jewish girl) to meet his family—without telling her they are Chinese—which results in a series of hilarious misunderstandings. The Lees, indignant at Chester's obvious reluctance to be Chinese, have other plans—in the form of Pu Ping Chow, a sweet little Chinese girl fresh from Hong Kong. In the end the burning question of Chester's identity is answered but with such wry inscrutability that his future will most likely be as much a dilemma as his past.

Produced on Broadway with Dr. Fish, this offbeat and wonderfully funny play deals with the plight of an apparently Caucasian young man whose parents are, just as apparently, Chinese. "…terribly funny and not unwise, wonderfully theatrical and altogether grand." —NY Times.

Consequences of Goosing, The Comedy/Satire 2 (1m, 1f) View Details Compare
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THE CONSEQUENCES OF GOOSING, is a wryly humorous study of the sad/funny problems that beset a middle-aged corporate attorney when, in a fit of euphoria, he apparently gooses a shapely young high-school girl on his way home from the office. The first question is: "Did he or didn't he?" The other (but equally important) questions are: Will his wife, his law partners, and society in general forgive him if he did? Needless to say, the answers to these questions provide moments of high humor, not to mention some telling insights into human nature.

     

Cowboy, the Indian and the Fervent Feminist, The 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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After being fired from his job as a highly paid advertising executive, our hero seeks refuge in the fantasy that he is a cowboy in the Old West. His wife seeks to bring him back to reality with humorous unforeseen consequences.

     

Dr. Fish Comedy/Satire 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Anxious to make their sex life more "meaningful," a middle-aged couple consult the eminent Dr. Fish, a sexpert whose doctorate happens to be in American history. The wife and the doctor get along swimmingly once she has overcome her reluctance to say certain forbidden words, but the husband, a down-to-earth type, remains unconvinced. The efforts of the eager young Dr. Fish to overcome the doubts of this worthy couple lead to some enormously funny moments, but the one who finally wins over the husband is Dr. Fish's slightly dotty grandmother—who keeps bustling in with unwanted advice and steaming bowls of homemade lentil soup. In the end the grandmother, the husband, and a tureen of soup depart together, leaving Dr. Fish and his patient to ponder the deeper mysteries of sexual malaise and its cures.

Described by the New York Times as "a battle report from the barricades of the sexual revolution," this witty and antic play was presented on Broadway in tandem with THE CHINESE. "Murray Schisgal continues to amaze me with his constant originality of themes and his gift for comic dialogue and of warm and rich characterizations." —NY Newsday. "…a playwright with a fresh and original sense of humor." —NY Post.

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