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Greetings!

Tom Dudzick

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2f, 3m

"Hilarious." - The New Yorker
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Christmas/Holiday
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother named Mickey. When he brings his Jewish atheist fiance to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose entire vocabulary has been limited to "oh boy" and "wow," suddenly spouts the word "Greetings!" the entire family's belief system is turned upside down. For it seems an ancient, wise and witty spirit who is set upon healing the family's wounds has borrowed Mickey's body! Though a play for all seasons, Greetings! is ideal for groups wanting something special to put on at Christmas/Hanukkah time. The Off Broadway production starred Darren McGavin and Gregg Edelman.

History

Greetings! premiered at George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, October, 1990. Gregory Hurst, Artistic Director

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Setting:

Living Room and Dining Room of the Gorski's, a working class family in Pittsburgh, PA.

May be performed with or without an intermission.

Casting

2f, 3m
Cast Attributes
ANDY - 30-ish male
RANDI - Andy's Jewish fiance. 30-ish
EMILY - Andy's Mom, 60-ish
PHIL - Andy's Dad, 60-ish
MICKEY - Andy's intellectually disabled younger brother.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

REVIEWS

"Exhilarating, profound: what ineffective little adjectives to describe Greetings!” - Albany Times-Union

"Hilarious." - The New Yorker

"A comic jewel...Stunning and touching...A joyful holiday lift." - The New York Newsday

"A loving holiday wonder...Deserves a shelf life long after Christmas." - The New York Post

"Glows with...warmhearted emotion." - The Associated Press

"A winner." - The Albany Times Union

"Greetings! should become as much a part of the fabric of the winter holiday season as It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol." -Berkshire Eagle

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Authors

Tom Dudzick

Tom Dudzick had his first play, Greetings! produced off-Broadway at the John Houseman Theatre, starring Darren McGavin; it is now a holiday favorite all across the country. Mr. Dudzick went on to write a comedic semi-autobiographical series of plays about growing up Catholic in Buffalo called the Over the Tavern Trilog ...

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