a comic vaudeville
by Rich Orloff
Cast: 1+ M, 1+ W
“A side-splitting new comedy. You’ll ache from non-stop laughing.”
Show Business Weekly
“Hilarious! Rich Orloff’s play takes romantic situations over the top in this comedic look at the battle between the sexes.”
“A refreshing and witty take on romance. I laughed a lot, and so did everyone else.”
ROMANTIC FOOLS is “a comic vaudeville”, a revue of 12 two-character sketches examining love, lust, dating and romance. Showing the influences of Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, Jules Feiffer, the Marx Brothers, and classic vaudeville comedy, these sketches vary widely in style, but they all celebrate the inherent farce of male-female relationships. Over 90 productions so far around the world (see list below)!
The plays include:
FIND ME A PRIMITIVE MAN - A woman assumes her blind dates can’t get worse till she opens her door and finds a caveman. (1 m., 1 w.)
NIGHTMARE WITH A SEXY SKIRT - A man doesn’t know what to do when he’s both attracted to and repulsed by an attractive and manipulative woman. (1 m., 1 w.)
ONE MAN’S SECRET DESIRE - A man seeks an “escort” to indulge the one fantasy he can’t admit to other women. (1 m., 1 w.)
AT THE ORGY - In this parody of Abbott and Costello’s classic “Who’s on First”, a novice at an orgy tries to get a straight answer to “Who’s on top?” (1 m., 1 w.)
THE SHEEP, or MUCH ADO ABOUT MUTTON - When an outraged wife learns of her husband’s affair, he tries to pull the wool over her eyes. (1 m., 1 w.)
THE STEPFORD GUY - A too-good-to-be-true husband drives his wife nuts with his perfection, until he comes up with the perfect answer. (1 m., 1 w.)
NICE TIE - A woman and man envision totally different consequences if she lets him buy her a drink. (1 m., 1 w.)
POWER IS THE GREATEST APHRODISIAC OF THEM ALL - Arm-wrestling becomes a metaphor for a couple’s sexual interactions. (1 m., 1 w.)
VEGETARIANS IN LUST - A male vegetarian has trouble getting aroused until his girl friend comes up with a meaty solution. (1 m., 1 w.)
SPAGHETTI OVERTURE - When a man tries to convince a woman to marry him, a very large plate of pasta contains a ring of truth. (1 m., 1 w.)
THE WEDDING PLANNER - A combination wedding and funeral planner has unusual suggestions for a woman’s future. (1 m., 1 w.)
BRIDE AND GLOOM – A nervous bride’s fear of divorce prevents her from getting married. (1 m., 1 w.)
ROMANTIC FOOLS is published and licensed by Playscripts, Inc. To read lengthier excerpts, order books, or obtain performance rights, visit Rich's page at Playscripts.com.
more critical praise
"One hilarious evening. For friends and lovers, it's a great show to share."
Lansing State Journal, Michigan
"Rib-tickling fun, Orloff’s humorous take on love is lighthearted, heartfelt and sometimes enlightening and insightful. Head to the theatre for some laughs."
Malay Mail, Kuala Lumpur
“The perfect date play. Even if you're married, you might enjoy a date with your spouse for this.”
“If you want some hearty laughs at the inherent differences between the sexes and their unsuccessful efforts to understand each other, this is the show for you. It truly is a treat.”
“An invitation to laughter. Lines that recall the best of Woody Allen or Groucho Marx himself.”
Row Seven, Madrid
“Fast and breezy; laughs happen smoothly. It works.”
San Antonio Express-News
“a relationship laugh-fest”
Akron Beacon Journal
“a lot of laughs”
San Diego Theatre Scene
”Outrageously over the top. A no-holds-barred, knock-down look at the battle of the sexes that asks that eternal question ‘What do men/women really want?’”
The Bradford West Gwillimbury Times
“ROMANTIC FOOLS is a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.”
“a lot of fun and a lot of laughs”
“The most audience-friendly attraction of this year’s (Key West) festival.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“Rich Orloff’s script abounds with side-splitting humor.”
Fort Myers Beach Observer
The Times Herald-Record
"Thoroughly enjoyable fare, with hilariously written dialogues. It is highly unlikely that you go for a performance and not get charmed by it."
The Times of India
"a laugh-out-loud comedy, a side-splitting show."
The Sun Daily, Malaysia
"Head to the theatre for some laughs. Orloff's humorous take on love is lighthearted, heartfelt and sometimes enlightening and insightful."
The Malay Mail
"Lightweight fun that should resonate with anyone who has ever tried to navigate the choppy waters of a relationship."
The Public Reviews, London
"a fantastic evening of comical theater"
Everything Theatre, London
"There are plenty of laughs to keep the audience engaged and chuckling away."
View from the Gods, London
"a great dose of satire and clever humor"
Athens 24, Greece
"You will recognize yourself. Meanwhile, you will find yourself bursting into laughter."
"the best comedy I watched this year"
Petras Events, Greece
production history (partial list)
Key West Theatre Festival, Florida (premiere)
Actors’ Summit, Cleveland
antics, Nelson NEW ZEALAND
Berjaya Group, Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA
Bunbury Theatre Company, Louisville
Cameo Theatre Center, San Antonio
Cape May Stage, Cape May NJ
Caribbean Theatre, St. Thomas
Castle Theatre, Turku FINLAND
Class Act Productions, Springfield MO
Class Six Theatre, Phoenix
Compagnia Primavera, Rome ITALY
Fishtank Theatre Company, Kansas City
The Foolish Theatre Company, NYC
Godot Cafe Theatre, Bucharest ROMANIA
The Grand Theatre Company, Winter Park CO
The Hebrew Theatre, Binyamina ISRAEL
In Tandem Theatre, Milwaukee
Mandurah Little Theatre, Mandurah AUSTRALIA
Pan Teatar, Belgrade SERBIA
Point Loma Actors Workshop, San Diego CA
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto CANADA
La Regadera Productions, Madrid SPAIN
Seaside Rep, Seaside FL
Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville NY
Silly Point Productions, Mumbai INDIA
South Africa National Arts Festival Fringe Programme
Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre
Stage East, Eastport ME
Stormfield Theatre Company, Lansing MI
Theatre B, Fargo ND
Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers FL
Theatre Du Jour, Rochester MN
Tonique Productions, Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA
2inconscientes, Madrid SPAIN
and other theaters, colleges and high schools around the world.