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Laugh - ePublication

Beth Henley
Full Length, Comedy
3 men, 3 women, 1 n/s
Total Cast: 7, Flexible Set
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3368-8


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FEE: $100 per performance. SPECIAL NOTE ON MUSIC: Original music composed by Wayne Barkerfor is available for use with your licensed performances of the play. The original sheet music must be purchased separately on our website for $20.00. There is a $20/performance royalty fee required for the use of this music.

THE STORY: The West. The 1920s. Mabel’s had a hard few weeks. A dynamite accident at a gold mine has left her wealthy but orphaned; she’s shipped off to a calculating aunt, whose nephew is charged with seducing her to control Mabel’s fortune. This hapless courtship reveals a shared love of silent movies and a plan for greater things. A story of mishaps and moxie, the romance of Hollywood and ultimately a Hollywood-caliber romance. A slapstick comedy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart.
“Set in the 1920s and inspired by silent film comedies, right down to [a] live piano score and title-card style narration, LAUGH—an imperative, not a noun—is a Muppety assemblage of outrageous zut alors! accents, awful fake beards, pendulous fake boobs, and cream-pies-in-faces…In intention and in effect, it is decidedly and unreservedly silly.” —Washington City Paper. “[LAUGH] displays Henley’s deeply weird sense of humor…The archness of the dialogue reminds you of a Coen Brothers movie at its most eccentric—Raising Arizona and O Brother, Where Art Thou? come to mind.” —