100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  3w, 3m

In this charming romantic comedy, love blossoms when successful mystery playwright Chuck Reynolds and his nemesis, theatre critic Charity Starr, collaborate on a new play over a series of lunches.

100 Lunches, A Gourmet Comedy

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3w, 3m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences



Successful mystery playwright Chuck Reynolds has earned glowing reviews from all critics except Charity Starr. When she shows up at his home and has the unmitigated gall to ask his expert help in writing a play of her own, Chuck fiendishly insists that their teacher/pupil sessions be held over lunch, with Charity footing the bill at the most expensive restaurants in New York City. Lunatic waiters provide a uniquely hilarious touch to these meetings. Love blossoms, despite the scheming of Chuck's amorous neighbor. When Charity's play opens on Broadway, she learns what it's like to be a target for all her critical confreres.

Non-stop fun, romance, and explosive hilarity make this an ideal show for the entire family.


100 Lunches by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears, directed by Peter J. Hill, with set design by Peter J. Hill, premiered at Metro Playhouse Dinner Theatre at the Club-Belaire in Phoenix, Arizona on January 11, 1989.

CHARLTON (CHUCK) REYNOLDS – 35; a successful writer of stage mysteries.
CHARITY STARR – 25-30; the only theatre critic who doesn't like Chuck's worksmanship.
GLINDA BELLOWS – 50s; Chuck's housekeeper, named for the Good Witch of the North.
TERRY REYNOLDS - 10-14; Chuck's son, a smart (but not smart-aleck) matchmaker.
YOLANDA WEINTRAUB – 30s-40s; sexy-but-predatory neighbor lady; aggressively attractive.
WAITER – 20s-30s; a multiple role of many "brothers" in a large family of waiters.

  • Time Period Contemporary, Present Day
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Additional Features Not Applicable
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol


"100 Lunches isn't too difficult to digest... Will be a favorite across the country... [The Waiter] was funny, taking exaggeration to its height as seven related waiters [with] a different costume, demeanor and accent for each, adding a touch of lunacy to the menu." - The Arizona Republic


  • Musical Style N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal DemandsN/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size No Chorus

Licensing & Materials

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Leo W. Sears

Leo W. Sears, CFEE. Leo has four plays published with the Samuel French imprint of Concord Theatricals: Sorry! Wrong Chimney!, 100 Lunches: A Gourmet Comedy and Star on the Door were co-written with the prolific late Jack Sharkey. Borderline Crazies was his solo work.

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Jack Sharkey

Jack Sharkey (1931-1992) was born on May 6, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing when he was 10 years old. He graduated from college with a BA in Creative Writing and taught school from 1953 to 1955. In mid-1955, Mr. Sharkey enlisted in the Army, serving at Sandia Base ...

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