Brute Farce

Two Acts (~100 mins). Four vengeful, narcissistic actors, with the assistance of a brutish stage manager and a cynical stagehand, kidnap and hold hostage a theater critic notorious for shutting down productions and ending careers through his malicious reviews. To confound matters, they intend to carry their plan out during a performance of a show they’re all currently appearing in. Less than an hour before the...
Two Acts (~100 mins). Four vengeful, narcissistic actors, with the assistance of a brutish stage manager and a cynical stagehand, kidnap and hold hostage a theater critic notorious for shutting down productions and ending careers through his malicious reviews. To confound matters, they intend to carry their plan out during a performance of a show they’re all currently appearing in. Less than an hour before the curtain is due to rise, their scheme begins to quickly unravel as we discover that none of the conspirators are familiar with the actual plan or its designed outcome. The results are at once dark and hilarious. Brute Farce is a satirical commentary on the perpetually symbiotic, oftentimes dysfunctional, and occasionally turbulent relationship between actors and reviewers.
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Brute Farce

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  • Kim E. Ruyle:
    18 Jun. 2021
    A hilarious and brilliant sendup, an homage to Noises Off complete with a reference to sardines. Set in 1920s London, the play within a play features wacky cast of “meat puppets” deals with narcolepsy, a doomed theatre critic, and technical disasters. A wonderful opportunity for actors and set designers and great fun for the audience. Produce this!
  • DC Cathro:
    11 Jun. 2021
    Full of laughs and vile, self-centered characters who suffer the tortures of the damned… Hence all the laughs! This farcical backstage/onstage romp harkens back to classics of the genre and even includes a wink-and-a-nod or two. Furiously frantic and funny with lots of physical humor and wordplay, plus a great challenge for actors and designers alike. Hilarious!
  • Lisa Dellagiarino Feriend:
    27 May. 2021
    What a ride! The cast of a theatrical production kidnap and plan to kill a critic who writes scathing reviews, but things go delightfully awry. I especially loved Act Two, when they were performing the show, with plans to kill the critic in one of the scenes, and everything kept going wrong. It was reminiscent of Noises Off, and I laughed out loud so many times that my son asked me what I was doing. So much fun!

Character Information

  • Vivian Pruitt
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    An Actress
  • Quinn Ponsonby
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    An Actor
  • Killian Black
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    An Actor
  • Fiona Bainbridge
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    An Actress
  • Deirdre Shepherd
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    A Stage Manager
  • Alistair McHugh
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    A Theater Critic
  • Reggie Brimble
    Any Age,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Male
    A Stagehand