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Stage Kiss (Ruhl)

  • Sarah Ruhl
  • Full Length Play, Comedy, Present Day, 1930s, Contemporary
  • 4M, 3F
  • ISBN: 9780573702822

When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage.

  • Full Length Play
  • Comedy
  • 120 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day, 1930s, Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Adult, Senior
  • Set Requirements: Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings
  • Cautions: Alcohol, Drugs, Mild Adult Themes

  • Performance Group:
  • Large Stage, Dinner Theatre, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Sarah Ruhl was the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl's singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss -- or when actors share a real one.
REVIEWS:

CRITIC'S PICK! "Suffused with warmth and humor. Sarah Ruhl frothily whips together romantic comedy and backstage farce in this lively comedy about a pair of actors...who find life and art mixing together when they rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play." 

 The New York Times

FOUR STARS. "Sarah Ruhl delivers a brilliant comedy that aims for big laughs and hits its target. Funny: There's nothing like it."

 New York Post

"At once a knowing sendup of the hazy half-truths of stage naturalism and a goofy meditation on the nature of desire and sexual fantasy, [Stage Kiss] manages to be both wholly original and instantly recognizable to the audience. As a satire of theatre and theatricals, it's right up there with Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys."

 The New Yorker

"There's not one but two plays-within-a-play in Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss, a highly meta-theatrical, fundamentally enjoyable, slightly slight, not-so-romantic comedy pondering the complexity of onstage osculation."

 Variety

"Stage Kiss is part parody, part inside-baseball valentine to theater, part falling-down silly physical comedy about love."

 Newsday

"The gorgeously articulate author of The Clean House and Eurydice is in top form with this delightful piece."

 Theatremania

Premiere Production: Stage Kiss enjoyed its world premiere at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, in 2011, before making its New York City debut at Playwrights Horizons in 2014 under the direction of Rebecca Taichman.
  • Casting: 4M, 3F
  • Casting Attributes: Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

  • SHE - A woman in her mid-forties. Plays the role of Ada Wilcox.
    HE - A man in his mid-forties. Plays the role of Johnny Lowell.
    ADRIAN SCHWALBACH - A director.
    KEVIN - The reader, also plays the understudy and the doctor and the butler.
    THE HUSBAND
    ANGELA - An actress in her early twenties who can believably play a teenager -- plays THE MAID in act 1 and ANGELA in act 2.
    AN ACTRESS - In her late twenties or early thirties -- plays MILLICENT in act 1 and LAURIE in act 2.
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    Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl's singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss -- or when actors share a real one.

    $24.95