"Chickens?" gasps Betty MacDonald when her husband Don buys a little farm in the mountains. "Who, us?" shriek teenage Anne and Joan when asked to help. But they find themselves surrounded by peeping chicks and everyone has to move fast. To Anne, with her eyes on a good-looking neighbor boy named Thad, this is fun. But how long will it remain fun to get up at four, put the coffee on, go out to the baby chicks with warm water, put toast in the oven, go out to the chicks with mash, set the table and then out to the chicks again? There is a boisterous scene when Joan, having corralled a boyfriend, entertains him under an umbrella while water drips through the leaky roof. In winter, their only entertainment is to sit with the mail-order catalog studying plumbing ads. As failure threatens the chicken farm, Betty is finally ready to give up, but there is a funny, tender scene in which they realize that they are not quitters after all. Much heartwarming comedy unfolds as they learn to cope with the Egg.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code E14000
- Cast Size 22
- Min. Royalty Rate $65/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 120 min
- ISBN(13) 9780871296429
- "We perform for young children in three special performances -- and many teachers declared this to be our best show to date. The play is funny -- without being silly or gross, which is hard to find nowadays."
- Review by Wendy Wade, Olympia Middle School, Stanford, IL
- "The Egg and I played very well for our high school and adult audiences. The adults compared it to Green Acres, while the teenagers related it to The Simple Life. Everyone enjoyed it and it was a big success."
- Review by Randy Burse, Gallatin High School, Gallatin, Tenn.
- "Wonderful character study which requires terrific interaction from top four roles to make the show succeedÑvery enjoyable with good humor when done wellÑalso liked fact it could be updated to make it contemporary."
- Review by Chris Senior, Enfield High School, Enfield, Ct.
- "A very funny play; my students enjoyed performing it. Several declared it to be their new favorite production."
- Review by Wendy Wade, Olympia High School, Stanford, Ill.
Hints, Tips, and Tricks
- "Make sure you contemporize it for the students and audienceÑuse contemporary costuming and yet leave some of the older touches like a wood stove for greater effect."
- Tip by Chris Senior, Enfield High School, Enfield, Ct.
- "The stove effect is worth the effort. The audience appreciated the humor of the situation."
- Tip by Wendy Wade, Olympia High School, Stanford, Ill.