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An Evening with Elmore and Gwendolyn Putts, the Neighbors Next Door

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Written by  Richard O'Donnell
Original language  English
Playwright  Richard O'Donnell
Date premiered  31 October 1986
First performance  31 October 1986
An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, the Neighbors Next Door
Characters  Elmore Putts Gwendolyn Putts Clifford Putts Mel "Helmet Head" Farley Pamela
Place premiered  CrossCurrents Theatre 3206 N. Wilton St., Chicago
Subject  A day in the life of a toilet seat salesman

An Evening With Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, The Neighbors Next Door is an American play, a farce written by Richard O’Donnell, directed by Amy McKenzie, and performed by the New Age Vaudeville theater company in Chicago.

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History

Originally staged at the Comedy Cabaret in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin (summer 1985) by New Age Vaudeville, An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, The Neighbors Next Door was officially reopened at the CrossCurrents upstairs cabaret theater, 3206 N. Wilton St., Chicago, October 31, 1986. It had over 200 performances.

Production

An Evening With Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, The Neighbors Next Door was performed by the New Age Vaudeville Theater Co., members of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), Production Design by NAV member Peter Neville, and produced and directed by Amy McKenzie.

Because of her pregnancy, Amy McKenzie, who originated the role of Pamela, was replaced by Chicago actress Caroline Schless.

“Something of a Charles Addams cartoon…” An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, The Neighbors Next Door, “…displays a variety of comedic forms--from mime to slapstick, one-liners to thoughtful satirical jabs,” and has a “…wizardry in blending 50’s sitcom norms with comic impersonations.”

Play Synopsis

An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, The Neighbors Next Door, is a musical comedy farce that reveals one late afternoon in the life of a suburban family of nerds. The Putts are so dysfunctional, in fact, that when victimized and held captive by a home invader, a crazed biker named “Helmet Head” they thwart his plans to rob them and instead recruit him into their family.

Roles and Cast

  • Elmore Putts - Richard O’Donnell
  • Gwendolyn Putts - Megan Cavanagh
  • Clifford Putts - Todd Erickson
  • Mel “Helmet Head” Farley - Bobby McGuire
  • Pamela - Caroline Schless
  • References

    An Evening with Elmore & Gwendolyn Putts, the Neighbors Next Door Wikipedia


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