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Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks
Your Price: $15.95 CDN
Author: Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 122
Pub. Date: 2012
ISBN-10: 0573700508
ISBN-13: 9780573700507

About the Play:

Too Many Cooks is a full-length comedy by Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes. The year is 1932. Irving and his daughter, Honey, are preparing for the opening of their gourmet restaurant in Niagara Falls, Canada. Their plan to feature a famous French chef turns into a recipe for disaster when he fails to appear. Things go from bad to worse when they persuade an unemployed drifter to don the chef's hat and apron at the last moment. Mix in lots of doors, mistaken identities, an overzealous Mountie, an immigration investigator, and it's becomes clear that this is a recipe for trouble

Too Many Cooks is set in 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak. In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter, Honey, have risked all of their savings to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star – the renowned singing chef François LaPlouffe – fails to appear, tonight's grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. However, when unemployed chef Frank Plunkett wanders in looking for work, Honey persuades him to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe, meanwhile, also has to contend with Chicago gangster Alfonse Feghetti and his sidekick who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze that, unbeknownst to Bubbalowe, has found its way into his basement. In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook (who's on the trail of the vanished chef), as well as a suspicious teetotalling Mountie who is ready to arrest Bubbalowe on suspicion of both murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues as Bubbalowe and the others create a hornet's nest of fabricated stories and identities in a valiant attempt to save the restaurant – and themselves – from both the gangsters and the law.

Too Many Cooks premiered in 2003 at the Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover, Ontario. It has since been produced dozens of times in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Cast: 4 women, 3 men

What people say:

"Too Many Cooks was the most entertaining play I have ever seen! I've never laughed so hard at a play... brilliantly written and performed." — CHCD Radio, Ontario

"Too Many Cooks is a hilarious comedy... a huge success." — Simcoe Reformer

"Those who enjoy comedic farce will giggle non-stop." — Port Dover Maple Leaf

"Stand clear of the swinging doors, folks, there's a heaping helping of farce coming through... the Canadian comedy Too Many Cooks is loaded with funny bits delivered by chefs, gangsters, rum-runners and yes, a Mountie." — TheaterJones.com

About the Playwright:

Marcia Kash is a Canadian theatre director, playwright and actor. Her stage plays have been seen across Canada, the US and Europe.

Douglas E. Hughes is a Canadian playwright and actor. He has been a professional actor for 25 years, and has appeared in theatres across Canada. For the past ten seasons, he has been a member of the acting company at Shaw Festival. He began writing in 1991 and he teamed up with Marcia Kash to pen A Party to Murder. He makes his home in Toronto, when not working at Shaw.

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