Poster design by Bruce Hutchins for the Chino Community Theatre premiere
The Ingenue (Jessie McLean) listens as The Wife (Jamie Pezold) gets a husband-keeping lessson from The Cook (Patricia McQuillan) in Chino Community Theatre's premiere production.
To tell you part of the plot of Five-Door Farce would mislead you. To tell you more than that would reveal too much. When pressed about the play, I've said the following: It's a tragedy inside a parody of a farce. It's the collision of Noises Off and Six Characters in Search of Author. It's a farce, seriously. Exploring the themes of creation and Creation, gender roles, identity, religion, theater, determinism, and existentialism, it plays with the conventions of farce in a way that fans of farce will love and enemies of farce will appreciate. Oh, and it’s funny. It has two acts with three scenes each, though the scenes can be played continuously. It runs 2 hours and has a single set. The cast has 5M and 5W, and the roles of The Doctor and The Nurse may be male or female. The roles of The Doctor and The Nurse can be doubled with any of the other characters except for The Butler, The Husband, and The Ingénue.
Cast of Characters
(In order of appearance, not to say attractiveness.)
If Harriet Nelson and Barbara Billingsly had a baby….
A young British man getting his start in life
The very model of that British sort of man
A well-upholstered British woman of a certain age and class
An incurious British woman with simple tastes
A man of some age and income, the type found in American urban-chic areas
A man of a lesser age and income, the type found in American urban-chic areas
If Ozzie Nelson and Hugh Beaumont had a baby….
A Belle Époque innocent
A singular indictment of the American educational industry
A textbook case
A case of arrested literacy
2017: Orinda Starlight Village Players (full production)/Jill Gelster, Director
2015: Chino Community Theatre (full production, season opener)/Cindi East, Director
Laughter, confusion mark Starlight’s final show
Complex farce may puzzle but is certain to entertain
As the others read about themselves, The Husband (Jeffry Wymer) ponders his situation.
Click on the headline above to watch a clip from Act One of Five-Door Farce from the Chino Community Theatres' 2015 premiere.