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Ah, Eurydice! Fantasy/Adventure 3 (2m, 1f) View Details Compare
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The place is the Underworld, and the first characters we meet are Pluto, who is snoozing in a beach chair before the gates of his palace, and Orpheus, who has come in search of his lost bride, Eurydice. Orpheus, who happens to be a bit paunchy, and from Yonkers, has been told that Pluto will be able to restore Eurydice to him, despite the fact that she choked on a chicken bone at their wedding reception—before they could even fly off on their Bermuda honeymoon. Pluto is glad to oblige, but makes the proviso that Orpheus must not look back at Eurydice as he leads her out of the Underworld. The condition is accepted, but Eurydice, a bleached blonde who is not amused by the situation, presses Orpheus so urgently to give her a kiss that at last he does—with the results foretold in legend. In the end Pluto can only suggest that Orpheus find himself another bride—after which he delivers an hilarious accounting of what really happened to Orpheus after his misadventures in the nether regions.

Produced Off-Off-Broadway, and also selected by Stanley Richards for his "Best Short Plays" series, this imaginative and very funny retelling of the Orpheus/Eurydice legend places modern characters in a classic setting, to great theatrical effect. Especially recommended for play contest and school use.   

Alice in Wonderland Fantasy/Adventure 6 (4m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Everyone is familiar with Alice's antic adventures, and they are all here—but with an arresting difference. From the presumed innocence of the original is drawn a caustic and giddy revelation of the human psyche and the dark, unsettling shadows which can linger there. Freud and Jung, Kafka and Dali, all make their presences felt, in a piece of pure theatre that is full of truth, fun, terror and uncanny pertinence to our own topsy-turvy times. As T.E. Kalem comments: "ALICE is an exemplary instance of how a classic can be made 'new,' and one of the extremely rare instances of a book's being turned into a wholly satisfactory theatrical experience."

A critical and popular success in New York, as a presentation of The Manhattan Project (from the New York University School of the Arts), this exuberant, funny and strikingly pertinent version of Lewis Carroll's classic went on to enjoy the unique distinction of a record-setting world tour. "Fantastic! Indeed, add any other hooray words you like. They celebrate Andre Gregory's staging of ALICE IN WONDERLAND." —NY Times. "…an exciting, absorbing, vertiginous descent into a laughing hell." —Time Magazine. 

Amazing Activity of Charley Contrare and the Ninety-Eighth Street Gang, The Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure 9 (5m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Is the odyssey of Charley Contrare, who leaves home while still a boy and spends a lifetime seeking to "find" himself, to know who and what he really is. While his mother waits at home, and then eagerly packs her bags hoping to join Charley in Hawaii, we meet Charley at ages sixteen, thirty, sixty and ninety. In this free-flowing fantasy world, filled with theatrically vivid episodes from Charley's various "pasts," each Charley challenges the reality of his alter egos—until, at last, the true Charley arrives, releasing his mother from her long vigil and setting right the kaleidoscope of "amazing activities" that have comprised his multifaceted life.

This ingenious and imaginative comedy-fantasy marked the debut of an exciting and original playwright.

Angel in the Pawnshop Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure 10 (8m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Lizzie finds contemporary life abhorrent. Out of innocence she marries a man who turns out to be a gangster. When she discovers this she runs away and finds sanctuary in a pawnshop run by an old man whom she knew and trusted as a child. But the gunman tracks Lizzie down, but the pawnbroker, sick and lonely, determines to shelter her with his life if need be. Lizzie lives in a world of memories fostered by her innocence and romantic other-worldliness. But the pawnbroker and a young writer friend convince her that life now is better than a dead past. With the help of the writer, whom she has fallen in love with, she faces the world of reality. The play moves toward a final gripping conflict as a showdown between the forces of good and evil becomes imminent, and the pawnbroker, knowing that goodness and faith in humanity are not always sufficient, kills the gangster.

     

Beauty and the Beast Fantasy/Adventure 6 (3m, 3f) View Details Compare
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While closely following the traditional fable so beloved by all, this imaginative adaptation cleverly compresses the salient points of the story to make them more theatrically effective and easily staged. The main line of the action deals with the merchant Blotti who wanders into the castle of the Beast. Having lost his fortune, he is reluctant to return home to his hopeful daughters—until the Beast promises him riches if he will send his youngest (and purest) daughter, Beauty, to the castle. There are scenes of humor and daring as Beauty's haughty sisters argue over who will take them to the ball, and the valiant Manello challenges the Beast to a sword fight. But, above all, there is the magic of Beauty's innocence and goodness that sees beyond the ugliness of the Beast to the handsome young prince whom the purity of her love will restore to his rightful form.

An established favorite among stock and amateur companies in Canada, this deft and affecting adaptation of the beloved classic is now widely available for the first time. "Warren Graves' new version of the ancient fable transforms it into a magical moral drama…" —Theatre London. "Magic…pure magic." —Edmonton Sun. "It sings. It moves. It excites. It scares. It touches." —Edmonton Journal.

Beauty And The Beast Fantasy/Adventure 7 (4m, 3f) View Details Compare
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This is not the traditional story of Beauty and the Beast, but an endearing and fantastical tale of a rather forgetful wizard, Mr Hodge and his baby dragon nephew Mickey. When a rude and unruly prince threatens Mickey's life, the wizard decides to teach the young prince a lesson in manners and banishes him to a magical castle for twenty years or so, in order to teach him the values of beauty and companionship. But the wizard forgets he has a captive, and five hundred years later is horrified to remember his mistake. In order to rectify his error he visits the castle, to find the prince in his loneliness has turned into an absolute beast - and in order to save him, must discover a way to bring real beauty into his life.      

Blue Heaven Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure 4 (2m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Laura and Julian are a middle-aged couple whose marriage has begun to sour. Laura confuses her selfishness with sensitivity and is increasingly convinced that Julian doesn't "understand" her. There is also the added irritant of Daniel, who is Julian's assistant and (as Julian suspects) Laura's lover. After a stormy session with Julian she decides to leave him and go off with Daniel. She is obliged to return briefly, however, and it is here that the midsummer madness of the Eve of San Juan takes over. When Laura tiptoes back she is more than slightly perplexed to find that it is not a few hours later at all—but ten years in the future. An atomic war has intervened, Spain is under Russian control, and Julian is living with another woman. The old comforts are gone, but Julian is a happy man at last and his changed situation fills Laura with the truth of her own past failures as a wife and a person. But then we are suddenly back in the present and a sobered Laura pleads vainly with Julian for a second chance. Again Time is turned upside-down, and now it is the past which is evoked as Julian confronts Laura as she was during their wartime marriage. Just as Laura had learned from the "future" now Julian realizes from what once was that he too shares responsibility for the bitterness of the present. The result is reconciliation and renewed awareness of what is really important in life—plus utter confusion for Daniel, who blunders in and out of each episode, struggling to make sense of the goings-on.

Set in modern Spain, the action takes place on the Eve of San Juan when time reputedly ceases to function and anything can happen at the witching hour of midnight.  

Boy with Green Hair, The Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure 20 (16m, 4f) View Details Compare
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Peter, twelve, is an orphan—although he clings to the hope that someday his mother and father will come back from the War and find him. Peter has been shunted from foster home to foster home, and now lives with Gramp, not his real grandfather, but a kindly old ex-vaudevillian. Gramp and Peter hit it off well, and Peter begins to enjoy a normal happy life. But when the children at school find out Peter won't believe that his parents are not be coming back, they taunt him. Peter is filled with rage, but Gramp makes Peter realize that there is always hope for the future. Life should be like a green plant, holding its own and putting out new shoots despite all odds. It is the sense of green—the color of life—which overwhelms Peter's consciousness…and then turns his hair green. What this does to the town is a lesson in human relations. The green hair must go, and with it goes Peter's revived belief in people's goodness. Things are ultimately set right again, with scenes of fantasy and warmth which make the play both a beguiling and touching experience.

     

Brass Ring, The Comedy/Satire; Fantasy/Adventure 11 (6m, 5f) View Details Compare
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In the words of the Herald-Tribune, "Irving Elman is dwelling on the plight of the American businessman who once had dreams of gay and adventurous independence, and now finds himself bound to a suburban family and a routine job. In a series of short, and for the most part, thoroughly engaging family scenes, he jolts [his businessman] into an awareness that he has wasted a good many years and a ridiculous amount of energy on idle and unrealistic mooning."

Produced on Broadway. "An extremely pleasant evening in the theater. It is funny, it is absorbing, and it is sometimes touching." —NY Herald-Tribune.    

Café Moon Fantasy/Adventure 9 (7m, 2f) View Details Compare
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Monty has never loved anything in his life except a small turtle that died years before. Now, an aging and disillusioned clerk, his only pleasure is in drinking his nights away at the Cafe Moon. One evening a premonition of Death comes to him in the guise of a young dandy. He finds himself stuck in the doorway with the young man, and try as he will, he cannot, or will not, move away. He is attracted and repelled at the same time. He takes one drink after another to quiet the terror of his premonition, while the young man, who has placed a bet on Monty's nightly habit of entering the bar, tries to persuade him to go in. Finally, the young man changes his mind about the bet and leaves, returning to offer Monty love in the form of another small turtle. But it is too late. Monty is dead.

An exciting and disturbing dream-fantasy.

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