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Self-Help

Self-Help
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Norm Foster
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 92
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0887546897
ISBN-13: 9780887546891
Cast Size: 3 women, 3 men

About the Play:

Self-Help is a full-length comedy by Norm Foster. A married pair of struggling actors reinvent themselves as self-help gurus and, much to their surprise, become the world's most revered relationship experts. Unfortunately, while their careers skyrocket their own marriage takes a nose dive. Their lives unravel in a farce as they find themselves scrambling to hide a body, protect their reputations, and hold onto their falsely won fame.

Self-Help follows Hal and Cindy Savage, a married couple of second-rate actors … acting in third-rate theatres whose big break has never come. They scheme to remake themselves as life-coach gurus to finally achieve fame and fortune. Fast forward seven years and the Savages are now a wealthy and seemingly happy couple, dispensing advice in sold out theatres. But wealth doesn't always ensure happiness. Cindy is about to have an affair with the gardener when he dies suddenly in a most compromising position. What follows is a series of hilarious antics where Cindy and Hal try to hide the body and cover up Cindy's indiscretion. The result is an attempt to carry the body to the garden while not being discovered by their agent, a police detective, and a nosey journalist. Self-Help is an uproarious comedy by Canada's most-produced playwright.

Self-Help premiered in 2002 at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, Ontario. Since then the play has been produced widely at community theatres across North America.

Cast: 3 women, 3 men

What people say:

"A sensational black-hearted farce." — Hamilton Spectator

About the Playwright:

Norm Foster is considered to be Canada's most produced playwright, with more than fifty-five critically acclaimed plays performed throughout North America and the rest of the world. Frequently compared to American playwright Neil Simon, Foster pens plays that are known for their humour, accessibility, and insight into the everyday tribulations of life. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for his play, The Melville Boys which would go on to be produced across Canada and in the United States, including a well-received run Off Broadway in New York. It would become his signature play, and the one which would bring his name to the forefront of Canadian theatre.

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