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Unnecessary Farce

Full Length, Farce
4 men, 3 women
Total Cast: 7, Single set: two adjoining rooms in an economy motel.
ISBN-13: 978-1-62384-035-8


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $130 per performance.
THE STORY: Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there’s some confusion as to who’s in which room, who’s being videotaped, who’s taken the money, who’s hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes.
“A fast and furious farce.” —Playbill.

“Nonstop hilarity. Gets us laughing in the show’s first minute. Unnecessary Farce? Don’t you believe it! Nothing could be more necessary for your well-being.” —Lansing State Journal (MI).

“Can a playwright re-invent the comic shtick of in-one-door, innuendo, out-the-other-door? In the case of Unnecessary Farce, the answer is yes. Smith’s play is dazzlingly funny, with one silly bit overlapping the next...The Marx Brothers updated in tempo and relevance for today’s world.” —City Pulse (MI).