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Play On!

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
ComedyCharacters: 3 male, 7 female

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Perfect for any theatre group, this is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty authoress who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual pe
Paperback, 99 pages
Published January 13th 2011 by Samuel French, Inc. (first published 1980)
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Lucas Spears
Jan 18, 2014 Lucas Spears rated it liked it
This play invariably begets comparisons to Noises Off!—given that they're both about the backstage workings of a doomed production—and going by that comparison Play On! is shorter and more doable by the average cast (albeit not nearly as side-splitting).

Art stands on its own merits, though, so: Play On!, done right (that is the important bit) can be hysterically funny.
Andrea Adams
Jul 03, 2010 Andrea Adams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I worked behind the scenes in this play. Reminds me of Noises Off. Very funny. 1989
Steven Slaughter
Mar 25, 2015 Steven Slaughter rated it liked it
The verdict is out on this one for me. I would love to direct it as a high school show, but I'm just not sure. I love it's "Noises Off" similarities combined with its much-easier-to--pull-off-technically aspect (and "Noises Off" is just too bawdy for a HS show, at least at my school). I have read it a few times and still can't decide whether it is a really good play or not. I see the potential for some very funny bits, but it doesn't seem that tight all the way through. Also, I've watched some c ...more
Hope N
Jan 17, 2016 Hope N rated it it was amazing
Shelves: plays, theater, theatre, humor
I remembered seeing this play as a young teen and not being able to breath I was laughing so hard. I hadn't read or seen it since, so when I picked it up at the Drama Bookstore I was afraid I would be disappointed. But it's still amazing! The basic storyline follows a troupe of very bad amateur actors putting on murder mystery. It's not a particularly original plot and it's fraught with stereotypical characters but it's so well-written that the audience takes all that with the grain of salt the ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Molly rated it did not like it
I'm so not impressed with this. The beginning was wonderfully done. But as the play continues on it begins to lose steam and the ending absolutely stinks. Don't waste your time on this one.
Feb 08, 2016 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
A play within a play. A wonderful comedy if done correctly. Very enjoyable.
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