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Footlight Frenzy

Footlight Frenzy
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Ron House and Alan Shearman
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 99
Pub. Date: 1982
ISBN-10: 0573608768
ISBN-13: 9780573608766
Cast Size: 2 women, 4 men

About the Play:

Footlight Frenzy is a full-length comedy by Ron House and Alan Shearman, with Diz White, Bud Slocumb, Mark Blankenfield, Brandie Kemp, and Mitchell Kreindel. The play centers on an inexperienced PTA group's ambitious play written by a has-been Broadway director. This desperate attempt to save their bankrupt School for Unusual Children causes near hysterical direction and the group's questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. A fast moving slapstick farce about an inept amateur theater troupe, Footlight Frenzy was developed out of a workshop improvisation by the creators of Bullshot Crummond and El Grande de Coca Cola!

Footlight Frenzy is a humorous play-within-a-play about the world of Tony Langdon, a flamboyant has-been impresario who is mounting a shaky theatrical venture amid the jealousies and intrigues of his actors. The play begins when the Rye School for Unusual Children discovers it is on the brink of bankruptcy. To save the school, Langdon decides to stage a benefit performance of a play called "Tarnished Silver." The actors sabotage the production with flubbed lines, missed cues and a premature murder. Rolling staircases, collapsing bookcases and a mechanical audience further complicate the plot. The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are "performing", and it is hard to tell which is sillier. This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with your audience watching the fun from the "back" of the stage! Anyone who likes Noises Off will love Footlight Frenzy.

Footlight Frenzy premiered in 1980 at the Marines's Memorial Theatre in San Francisco. Since then the play enjoyed long runs in Los Angeles, Seattle and other cities across the US, and has been mounted by high schools, colleges and community theatres.

Cast: 2 women, 4 men

What people say:

"The Gags Keep Working...It's like watching a man pull a rope of scarves out of his sleeve, you can't believe there's more." — San Francisco Chroncile

"The show is Funny...Heartily recommended viewing." — San Francisco Weekender

"A gaudily glistening jewel, insanely original." — Newsweek

"El Grande de Coca-Cola ... is ridiculously funny. The cast of five rarely speak a word of English, but have no fear – they quickly prove that humor is a universal language. There is also something suspiciously Anglicized about the kind of Spanish Don Pepe and his performing relatives speak." — Los Angeles Times

"El Grande de Coca-Cola is an extravaganza of timeless humor, in five languages you never knew you could speak. And trust me, even though most of this musical is performed in Spanish (more like Spanglish, really), it won't matter a bit given the brilliance of each member of the cast to act out what is being said. You will laugh yourself silly just as I did through the entire 70 minute show." — Broadway World

About the Playwright:

Ron House (1939-2016) was an actor, producer, writer and teacher. A graduate of Second City in his native Chicago, he later founded a group called Low Moan Spectacular whose members wrote, staged and starred in plays. A sensation in the London underground Theatre Company, they eventually relocated to New York. He is a co-author of El Grande de Coca-Cola, Footlight Frenzy, Bullshot Crummond and The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope. All four shows continue to be performed across the US and around the world.

Alan Shearman is a film and television actor, director and script writer in Los Angeles. He came to the US over 35 years ago with Low Moan Spectacular, the British comedy group founded by Ron House, with whom he created several the Off-Broadway hits. He has been directing comedies, musicals, musical comedies and comedies-with-music for over 20 years and along the way has collected six "Best Director" awards.