My Inlaws are Outlaws
Cast: Flexible casting with 4 to 6 female and 2 to 4 male actors. (See character descriptions below for details).
Length: Two Acts (110 minutes)
Synopsis... From the writer of "The Old People Are Revolting", comes the new hit comedy "My Inlaws are Outlaws".
Annie discovers her in-laws are outlaws... and her mother in-law has hired a mad group of assassins to kill her! How will Annie, a mild mannered Librarian, outwit the best of the Italian, Russian and Irish contract killers? This is outrageous; laugh out loud comedy at its best.
Devon Williamson's play is a highly entertaining observation on family relationships infused with Williamson’s usual wit and keen sense of the ridiculous, while also remaining insightful and at time disarmingly poignant.
Annie: 30 – 40 years old. Married to Dane. A librarian, timid, not very adventurous, her family died in a car accident when she was a child. A small scar is only just visible on her neck. Has a lot of knowledge about the world but little experience in it. By the end of the play she has become an independent self-assured woman.
Dane: 30 – 40 years old. Married to Annie. Estranged son of a mob family.
Audrey: 50 - 60 years old (or around 20 years older than Dane). Dane’s mother and current head of the mob family. Hard, manipulative, very short tempered. Tired of running the family business due to her husband being in prison.
Desiree: 30 – 40 years old. Danes sister, dreams of being a notable mobster but only has the intelligence to become a notable moron. Speaks with a thick Welsh accident. She is not Welsh.
Granddad: 70 - 80 years old (or around 20 years older than Audrey). Audrey’s father. Losing his mind. Almost exclusively repeats what other people say. Much loved by the family.
Grandma: (or around 20 years older than Audrey). Audrey’s mother. Hard, violent women in her golden years with an extremely short temper. Devoted to Granddad. Loathes Desiree.
Natalya: 30’s – 40’s Russian hit-woman. Poor English but understands much more than she can speak. Shows little emotion. Speaks in a deep monotone. Very dangerous and surprisingly smart.
Can be played by the actor playing Desiree.
Finn: 50’s – 60’s former IRA fighter. Dangerous and violent. Trying to train his idiot son in the family business of killing.
Can be played by the actor playing Granddad.
Donal: 30 – 40 years old. The idiot son of Finn. Has a fear of doorways. Emotionally unstable with huge emotional swings. Trying his best to learn his father's trade but incapable of doing so.
Can be played by the actor playing Dane.
Rosa Botticello: 90 years old. Legendary Italian assassin. Has a pacemaker.
Can be played by the actor playing Grandma.
My Inlaws are Outlaws premiered at Detour Theatre (Tauranga) in April, 2013.
Royalty / Performance Fee:
$75 per performance (USA)
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Think you’ve got trouble with the inlaws? Try swapping places with Annie. Hers are out to kill her.
Susi Jansen is perfectly cast as the mild-mannered librarian who is taken home by her husband Dane (Glen Morris) to meet the gangster relatives she didn’t know she had.
After facing up to formidable matriarch and mother-in-law Audrey (Allison Stewart), Annie is shocked to find herself confronting Natalya (Sandra Sailer), a sinister Russian assassin who has been hired by the family to bump her off.
The two strike up an unlikely alliance when they realise that a second would-be murderer, in the shape of Italian mercenary Rosa Botticello (Jane McKenna), has in turn been engaged to get rid of Natalya.
When Annie unintentionally polishes off Rosa by “frying” her pacemaker, her friendship with Natalya is confirmed.
But Detour playwright and director Devon Williamson’s enjoyable comedy turns into pure farce as Irish killers Finn O’Reilly (played by Williamson himself) and his dim-witted son Donal (Glen Morris again) join the merry mayhem.
Complaining that practically a whole United Nations of professional murderers appears to have been brought in to deal to her, the resourceful Annie surprisingly succeeds in outsmarting them all.
Williamson has made a name for himself as a comedy writer – last year’s production of The Old People Are Revolting played to full houses at Detour – and his latest offering brought plenty of laughter on Thursday’s opening night.
A strong cast, which also includes Philippa Powell, playing Dane’s none-too-bright sister Desiree, and the remarkable 84-year-old June Kontze as Grandma, are in fine form.
My Inlaws are Outlaws! runs until April 20.
Reviewed by Paul Chapman for Bay of Plenty Times, April 6, 2013
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