Romantic Fools

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.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“A refreshing and witty take on romance.  I laughed a lot, and so did everyone else.”

Louisville Observer

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.

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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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NICE TIE - A woman and man envision totally different consequences if she lets him buy her a drink. (1 m., 1 w.)

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POWER IS THE GREATEST APHRODISIAC OF THEM ALL - Arm-wrestling becomes a metaphor for a couple’s sexual interactions. (1 m., 1 w.)

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VEGETARIANS IN LUST - A male vegetarian has trouble getting aroused until his girl friend comes up with a meaty solution. (1 m., 1 w.)

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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.)

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THE WEDDING PLANNER - A combination wedding and funeral planner has unusual suggestions for a woman’s future. (1 m., 1 w.)

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BRIDE AND GLOOM – A nervous bride’s fear of divorce prevents her from getting married. (1 m., 1 w.)

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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.”

Akron News

“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.”

TimeOut Milwaukee

“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.”

Island Sun

“a lot of fun and a lot of laughs”

The Islander

“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

“Funny indeed”

The Times Herald-Record

production history

Key West Theatre Festival, Florida (premiere)
Actors’ Summit, Cleveland
Berjaya Group, Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA
Bunbury Theatre Company, Louisville
Cameo Theatre Center, San Antonio
Cape May Stage, Cape May NJ
Compagnia Primavera, Rome ITALY
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
Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville NY
South Africa National Arts Festival Fringe Programme
Stage East, Eastport ME
Stormfield Theatre Company, Lansing MI
The Foolish Theatre Company, NYC
The Grand Theatre Company, Winter Park CO
The Hebrew Theatre, Binyamina ISRAEL
Theatre B, Fargo ND
Theatre Conspiracy, Fort Myers FL
Theatre Du Jour, Rochester MN
2inconscientes, Madrid SPAIN
and community theaters, colleges and high schools around the world.

The opening of the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
FIND ME A PRIMITIVE MAN, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
FIND ME A PRIMITIVE MAN, from the 2inconscientes production of IDIOTAS ROMANTICOS in Madrid (photo by Inés Ruiz)
NIGHTMARE WITH A SEXY SKIRT, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
ONE MAN'S SECRET DESIRE, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photos by Rick Tormone)
AT THE ORGY, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
THE SHEEP, OR MUCH ADO ABOUT MUTTON, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
NICE TIE, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
POWER IS THE GREATEST APHRODISIAC OF THEM ALL, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
VEGETARIANS IN LUST, from the In Tandem Theatre production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Mark Frohna)
SPAGHETTI OVERTURE, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
SPAGHETTI OVERTURE, from the In Tandem Theatre production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Mark Frohna)
BRIDE AND GLOOM, from the Foolish Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Rick Tormone)
BRIDE AND GLOOM, from the 2inconscientes production of IDIOTAS ROMANTICOS in Madrid (photo by Inés Ruiz)
SPAGHETTI OVERTURE, from the Grand Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS
THE STEPFORD GUY, from the Mandurah Theatre Company production of ROMANTIC FOOLS in Australia (photo by Jennifer Ferguson)
ONE MAN'S SECRET DESIRE, from the Newnan Community Theatre production of ROMANTIC FOOLS (photo by Laurel Alford)
VEGETARIANS IN LUST, from ROMANTIC FOOLS, produced by Stellar Productions in Canada (photo by Marianne O'Donnell)
Rich and the cast of the long-running 2inconscientes production of IDIOTAS ROMANTICOS in Madrid (photo by Inés Ruiz)