Michele M. Miller
“Hilarious,” that’s what actors and directors say about the plays in this book. Useful for amateur and professional older actors, the shows are both fun to read and perform. Audiences love the offbeat, sometimes kooky characters. You’ll meet Penny and Al in a new documentary in The Newlyweds, best friends Gladys and Myrtle who learn slang in Huminawah?, and lightning-paced Freud’s Couch where Dr. Cooper gets her therapy from a frazzled, unwitting patient. Perform a single show or use several to create a production that’s both fun and entertaining. You’ll quickly discover that these plays are audience favorites!
Includes the following plays:
Plays Under 5 Minutes
Two lifelong friends, Gladys and Myrtle, meet for their monthly manicure at their favorite Nail Salon. Gladys is confused by Myrtle’s new language skills. She does her best to pick up the slang as they get their nails done.
2 women or 2 men, using pronoun changes
Cousins Betsy and Irene talk about their formative years growing up in a rural mid-west town. The mere mention of ‘mandarin oranges’ sparks a particularly unique memory for both of them.
The Hockey Game
2 women, plus 4-6 background actors
Two best friends, Jane and Carol, attend a hockey game, much to the disgruntlement of Jane, who has just suffered a loss. Her loss will surprise you.
2 women, 1 voice-over
A highly agitated psychiatrist named Dr. Cooper has her first session with new patient Pat, who just started dating again after losing her husband. Though complete opposites in personality, they agree on one thing that excites them so much that it culminates in an explosive conclusion.
2 men, 1 voice-over
In the waiting room of Dr. Ludman’s office, Josh and Moishe meet and eventually realize that their afflictions are funnier than they thought.
2 men or 2 women, using pronoun changes
Seated next to each other on a commercial airline flight, Danny and Steven find themselves as seat-mates. As their conversation develops, they discover the reason for their acutely dry skin which has gotten worse with age. Hint: It’s not what you think.
Plays Over 5 Minutes
2 men, 1 woman
Still happily married after 47 years, unconventional couple Penny and Al welcome a visit from a documentary filmmaker named D.D. James. D.D. is interviewing Penny and Al for his film entitled Winners of The Newlywed Game–Where Are They Now? Through lively dialogue and hilarious quips, D.D. learns exactly what makes a partnership like Penny and Al’s work.
4 men, 1 woman
It’s The Fifties Diner where anything can and does happen! A couple of snooty tennis pros get their comeuppance from an unlikely source. More importantly, a woman learns the value of self worth…and how satisfying a short stack of pancakes can be.
1 man, 1 woman
Marlene, a dizzy former cosmetician in her 60’s, comes home from a date, perplexed by a problem that only one person can help her solve – her husband, Frank. There’s only one wrinkle; Frank is deceased. Marlene calls on Frank, now a ghost, who reluctantly leaves a golf game with Arnold Palmer, in order to help his former sweetheart solve her problem.
2 men, 2 women
It’s Game Night at Donald and Judy’s house. They await Donald’s younger sister Lily and her husband Dan for a game of charades at their home. Lily is sweet, kind, and quite hard of hearing. This play is an homage to the comic genius of
About the playwright
Michele Dagavarian-Miller graduated from Hofstra University. She performed on Broadway in two hit musicals, Runaways and Fiddler on the Roof. She is an accomplished singer, pianist, flutist, and guitarist. Michele has been writing music and lyrics, monologues, scenes, and plays all of her life. She created a successful, long-running class for older adults which was the inspiration for Theatre-Antics. Semi-retired, she spends her time thinking up funny things to say. Then, she writes them down.
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