Check, Please! by D.
2 Men/9 Women (*Double Casting
Recommended for all roles but "Ted")
(mid 20s-early 40s) - low key, easy-going, pleasant and
not overly emotional, your generally nice guy.
WAITER - (mid 20s-early 40s) - nice guy, polite, sincere,
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - nice, but superficial
CHERYL - (mid 20s-early 40s) - never lets her guard down, got
burned before and isnt going to let it happen again
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - always in control, very
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - husband-hunting
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - trailer trash, strong and abrasive
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - just like Tracy, though not as
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - a friend of Teds
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - spunky and opinionated, has a strong
love for language
- (mid 20s-early 40s) - the Audrey Hepburn from next door
Double-casting is recommended for all characters except Ted. Women should be
double-cast according to their abilities. For instance, having the actress who plays Ellen play that role only (instead of double-casting her)
may add to the significance of the final scene. The waiter may be used throughout the show
as the director sees fit, to serve drinks, clear plates, etc.
Check, Please! is a tongue-in-cheek look
at dating as Ted searches for the love of his life
one date at a time.
A restaurant interior One table.
D. Richard Tucker (Dave Tucker)'s plays have been produced from Seattle to
South Africa, and include a mixture of genres, from the farcical Othello
Undercover, to the gut-wrenching drama Duty, Honor, Profit, the
story of the highest ranking officer to die in the Iraq War. Tucker also wrote
the book, lyrics and co-wrote the score for THUGS: A Musical Mafiasco,
a collaboration with composer Kim Douglass. Tucker's writing career shifted into
high gear in the summer of 2002. After accruing extensive experience as an
actor and director, Tucker decided to dedicate his time to writing, as it was
something he could do without waiting for the rest of the cast to arrive. Tucker
began writing under the name “Dave Tucker,” but was forced to find a new pen
name upon discovery that there are more than 1400 other Dave Tuckers out there,
of which thirty-eight percent are playwrights.
Tuckers writing is tight,
particularly in the grammarians quirky monologue.
- Jen Graves, The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA)
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