When four suitors arrive to ask for the hands of Signor Di Lirio's three lovely daughters, the old gentleman agrees, as long as they have the approval of their mother. And that's where the problems beginthe old man's wife died three years ago, and he has gone so mad with grief that he still believes she is alive. However, one of the suitors is the town scoundrel, Giovio, who plays a series of kind-hearted but hilarious tricks that bring the father back to sanity and the intended couples together. Before all is done, the four men have been forced to dress up as their own mothers, and Giovio pretends to have died and appears as his own ghost to haunt to old man's home.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code DF8000
- Cast Size 8
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 75 min
- Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Family (all ages)
- Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre
- Genre Comedy | Farce
- ISBN(13) 9781619590823
- "What a fun and hilarious show! Delirium's Daughters had been on my to-do list for a while and I'm so glad we finally go to perform it!"
- Review by Rachel Innes, LHS Theatre, Midland, Texas
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Running at an hour and fifteen minutes, I would recommend pairing this show with a short one-act and having a Night of One Acts as we did. It worked out GREAT! Make sure the boys you cast are comfortable in dresses!!"
- Tip by Rachel Innes, LHS Theatre, Midland, Texas
Media Reviews"Delirium's Daughters is definitely funny, but holy cow, did it also tug some heartstrings." -IN New York
"A fast-paced gem, with elegant, quasi-Shakespearean dialogue that doesn't go so far as to be confusing to the modern ear." -NY Theatre Guide
"A witty, funny and delightful comedy." -NY Theatre Guide
"Commedia dell'arte cleverly meets modern sensibilities in this comedy that delightfully exemplifies its own titledelirium." -Theatre Is Easy
"It's all just silliness, good-natured and competently executed. … But once in a while, there's something morelike Timidio's inspired reactions and Di Lirio's touching final revelation." -The New York Times
"Pure comedic delight. … It's nearly impossible to contain your laughter." -Theatre Is Easy
"Heartfelt romp that lovingly captures the spirit of commedia dell'arte, staying true to its centuries-old theatrical roots while making it delightedly accessible to modern audiences." -Talkin' Broadway
"It is impossible not to fall under its spell." -Talkin' Broadway
"Successfully uses speedy dialogue and a sparse set … to create an entire world of colorful characters." -IN New York
"The dramatic moments in this play, while few, are completely earned and showcase how heartfelt Korn's script is. All may be fair in love and war, but both leave casualties." -IN New York