NURSERY RHYMES by Jan Ewing

£5.00

A romp into the concerns of 21st-century parenting, Nursery Rhymes involves thirty-somethings Irene and Chip Mangus who have been arguing about having a late child. She wants one, he doesn’t. Hoping to change Chip’s mind, Irene invites an older couple, Frank and Marge Stevens, to an arm-twisting party. Marge gave birth at thirty-eight. Her son is now twelve, so Irene expects support. But, Chip is prepared, Marge is menopausal, and nothing can ever be assumed.

This two-act play runs slightly over 95 minutes, not including the intermission; one set, four characters, contemporary costumes, the lights go on and off , and there are only three sound effects.

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CHARACTERS

CHIP MANGUS – 37

IRENE MANGUS – MARRIED TO CHIP – 35

MARGE STEVENS – LATE 40s

FRANK STEVENS – MARRIED TO MARGE – LATE 40s

FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THE CHARACTERS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PREVIEW BELOW

 

RUNNING TIME

APPROX 95 minutes excluding interval

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Nursery Rhymes premiered at the Hudson Guild Theater in New York City in January, 2019, as part of the NYWinterFest 2019.

The original programme is available here

 

REVIEWS

Ewing paints his characters in broad brushstrokes of present-day Americans. Yet these issues are simultaneously eternal and of the moment. — http://bit.ly/NR_TheaterIsEasy 

Beautifully written and skillfully played, [it’s] funny, welcoming, and deeply sincere. Jan Ewing has given us an astute piece about a timely and ever-growing topic.  — http://bit.ly/NR_DramaQueen

This clever parlor comedy gave us a well-written point-counterpoint about family and the creation thereof, complete with mother issues, what happens at menopause, and even the famed body-clock: both male and female.  — http://bit.ly/NR_OuterStage

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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F2, M2

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