Does anyone have any recommendations for comedies that a small community theatre group could perform? We're somewhat constrained in terms of set (for example, we could probably never pull off Noises Off) and in content (we are mostly hoping to be family friendly). In the past, we've had a lot of success performing The Mouse that Roared, Rumors, Fools, and Play On!, but we're looking for some new ideas for shows to perform, or at least read through as a group. Two that I was thinking of proposing are The Nerd and Flaming Idiots - does anyone have any suggestions that fall along those lines?
My girlfriend at the time and I went to the original Broadway production of "The Nerd" directed by Charles Nelson Riley, because I had a friend in the show. My friend is a really good actor, but I never found him particularly funny.
I'll be brief: We both laughed sooooooo side-splittingly, our sides and stomach muscles were actually soooooo painful, we seriously, at Intermission, very seriously talked about leaving because we hurting so badly!
Yes, it was THAT funny! Every actor shined. Had the style down to a T. As the lights dimmed for the second act, I said to her, "We have one last chance to leave. I'm not sure I can take it." Anyway, we stayed. This was on a Friday night.
The next morning we could hardly get out of bed we were so sore. We breathed shallowly for three days. We were sore until Tuesday. I'll never forget it. The only other show I laughed so hard at was "Noises Off" on Broadway and then again in LA at a smaller theatre.
Of course this was with masterful directing by Charles Nelson Riley. Few know he was also an Opera director, as well.
It was such a loss to have the writer, Larry Shue, die so young.
You could also check out "The Foreigner," also by Larry Shue.