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Romantic Comedy

Romantic Comedy
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Bernard Slade
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 114
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573615047
ISBN-13: 9780573615047
Cast Size: 4 women, 2 men

About the Play:

Romantic Comedy is a full-length comedy by Bernard Slade. A married playwright attempts to continue his marriage while maintaining a mistress and gets his comeuppance in Bernard Slade's frothy romantic comedy set around the lives of two writers of romantic comedies. This play contains a scene study staple for one woman and one man.

Romantic Comedy is the story of arrogant, self-absorbed and sharp tongued Jason Carmichael, a successful co-author of Broadway romantic comedies, who is facing two momentous events: he is about to marry a society belle and his longtime writing partner has retired from Broadway to write screenplays in Hollywood. Enter Phoebe Craddock, Vermont schoolteacher and budding playwright, who is Jason's biggest fan. Quicker than a flash, Jason acquires a talented and adoring collaborator in the geeky Phoebe. The two soon become successful writing partners, whose timing – it turns out – is perfect on stage, but amusingly out of whack in their love life. Jason and Phoebe produce hit after hit for 10 years, until inevitably, Jason's world falls apart. His wife divorces him and goes into politics. And Phoebe, with whom he is in love but doesn't realize it, marries a breezy journalist and moves to Paris. Totally lost without Phoebe at his side, Jason goes into a professional, financial and physical decline. Even his agent and a sultry actress can't snap him out of it. Jason's world is dark, indeed until a newly chic Phoebe unexpectedly returns, solo and successful and the story roars to its conclusion.

Romantic Comedy premiered in 1979 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 4 women, 2 men.

What people say:

"A darling of a play...zesty entertainment of cool wit and warm sentiment." — New York Post

"An utterly disarming, lighthearted confection about love, friendship and theatrical trauma." — Women's Wear Daily

About the Author:

Bernard Slade is a Canadian playwright and screenwriter who is best known as a long-time Hollywood TV-sitcom writer. He began his career as an actor performing in regional theatres around Toronto and on camera for the CBC. He moved to Hollywood in the mid-1960s, and was soon writing episodes of such classics-to-be as Bewitched. Credited as creator, writer, story editor and producer of eight series, including The Flying Nun and The Partridge Family, he was considered one of the true heavyweights in Hollywood. By the mid-1970s, he turned his comedic genius to the stage writing more than a dozen plays, including three Broadway hit shows like his phenomenally successful Same Time Next Year, Tribute and Romantic Comedy, which were all turned into Hollywood features.