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An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Shel Silverstein
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 59
Pub. Date: 2003
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822218739
ISBN-13: 9780822218739

About the Play:

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein is a full-length comedy by Shel Silverstein. The performance piece is aptly named, since it highlights the darker side of the well-known children's author. If you loved Shel Silverstein as a child, you can't miss this adults-only theatrical experience exploring the imagination of the famed poet, composer, cartoonist, and writer with his provocative short plays, mischievous music, and poetry for naughty children.

The short plays in the collection An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein come together as an absurd piece that wryly comments on relationships, communication, and how people treat one another.

One Tennis Shoe: Harvey needs to broach a delicate subject with his well-dressed wife Sylvia. He claims her collected hoardings fill an extra-large shopping bag, but she protests that doesn't make her an upper-middle class bag lady. No, says Harvey, but the picture frame, couch cushion and single tennis shoe retrieved from the garbage do. Not to mention the cold cooked oatmeal in her purse. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

Bus Stop: Irwin stands on a street corner by a bus stop sign with an extra "T" spray-painted on the first word reading "Bust Stop." When Celia passes, he stops her and proceeds to run through a long list of slang expressions for her breasts, but Celia turns the tables on him with a lengthy and demeaning list of her own. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

Going Once: In a simultaneously comic and chilling monologue a smooth-talking auctioneer tries to sell the "perfect woman" to the highest bidder, with her full consent! (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

The Best Daddy: Lisa's got the best daddy in the world. After all, he bought her the pony she always wanted for her birthday – except he shot it dead – or maybe he didn't? Maybe it was Lisa's older sister. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

The Lifeboat Is Sinking: Jen and Sherwin sit safely on their bed working out some relationship baggage with a game of "what-if?" Jen presses hard on what if they, their daughter and her mother-in-law were in a sinking lifeboat in a storm and somebody had to be tossed overboard. Waves fill the boat with water; there are no life jackets; and Sherwin must decide whether he should throw his mother overboard or condemn them all to die. (Cast: 1 female, 1 male)

Smile: Bender and his henchmen drag Gibby into a room and throw him to the ground. Gibby protests that he hasn't done anything wrong, but Bender and the others know better. They have found the guy responsible for creating the ubiquitous yellow "smiley face" symbol and popularizing the phrase "Have a nice day," and they're going to make him pay. (Cast: 4 male)

Wash And Dry: Marianne stops by the laundromat, but she's horrified to discover that her laundry hasn't been cleaned. George counters he never agreed to wash it. "George's Watch and Dry," he says. "You gotta pay attention." (Cast: 1 female, 2 male)

Thinking Up A New Name For The Act: Pete hits on the phrase "Meat and Potatoes" as the perfect name for their vaudeville act, but Lucy doesn't like it. They get into a terrible fight, and Lucy kills Pete. A police investigation, trial and execution quickly follow. And the only words in this farcical sketch are "Meat and Potatoes." (Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 9 any gender)

Buy One Get One Free: Merrilee and Sherilee are offering their wares as a double act. "Buy one, get one free/ It's the deal of the century/ Tax free gaiety," the hookers sing to a tempted Lee. It's a golden opportunity. And it all rhymes. (Cast: 2 female, 1 male)

Blind Willie And The Talking Dog: Blind Willie sings the blues and asks passersby if they can spare a nickel or dime to help him and his hungry dog. But his disgruntled dog can't understand why Willie refuses to use the fact that he owns the world's only authentic talking dog to make some real money. (Cast: 2 male)

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein was produced in 2001 as a tribute to Silverstein in New York City by friend and co-founder of the Atlantic Theatre Company, David Mamet. Since then the play went on to become a global hit and has been produced in cities across the world.

What people say:

"Simply put, as An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein so delectably illustrates, Silverstein was a one-man talent factory and our world is a richer place because he passed through it, leaving in his wake such an eclectic creative archive. His work still resonates with the world today. Silverstein was first and most famously a cartoonist, and in the final analysis, maybe the best way to categorize this is as a medley of dramatized cartoons. Call it what you will, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein seems intent on tickling your funny bone and succeeds in doing so with panache and aplomb. If you are a fan of Shel Silverstein, this evening will be right up your alley; and, if you're not... What's wrong with you?" — BroadwayWorld

"An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein is a provocative, farcical, cynical, and sometimes raunchy look into human relationships and interaction. A series of vignettes created by the late author highlights Silverstein's talent, music and irreverent wit with skits featuring a cast of neurotic characters." — Nanaimo Daily News

"An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein a bit like watching an adult version of Sesame Street. ... this show is a rollicking series of slapstick plays performed with a sense of life's absurdity and human nature's ridiculous foibles." — Sydney Morning Herald

About the Playwright:

Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) was an American cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter. Best known for the enduring appeal of his famous children's books, his work includes the penning of such acclaimed hits as Cover of the Rolling Stone for Dr. Hook, One's on the Way for Loretta Lynn, and A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash, music composition for the film Ned Kelly, which stars Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, and over 100 one-act plays.