Gretty Good Time

Gretty Good Time
by John Belluso

Productions (1)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 120 - 130 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m (5-7 actors possible: exactly 3 f, 2-5 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Two locations, minimally suggested: a bedroom and an outdoor courtyard of a nursing home.

Gretty Good Time
by John Belluso

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Productions (1)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 120 - 130 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m (5-7 actors possible: exactly 3 f, 2-5 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Two locations, minimally suggested: a bedroom and an outdoor courtyard of a nursing home.

Though she suffers from post-polio paralysis, Gretty's feisty and warm nature makes her a popular patient in her nursing home. But without family or money, Gretty faces the threat of being sent away to a state institution. Soon she will be unable to function on her own, and she begins to contemplate assisted suicide to maintain her dignity. Perhaps the support of a new young doctor, an eccentric fellow patient, and an imagined guest on her favorite TV show, can show Gretty the possibilities of leading a life of joy and hope in the face of disability.

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Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

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Play Details

Though she suffers from post-polio paralysis, Gretty's feisty and warm nature makes her a popular patient in her nursing home. But without family or money, Gretty faces the threat of being sent away to a state institution. Soon she will be unable to function on her own, and she begins to contemplate assisted suicide to maintain her dignity. Perhaps the support of a new young doctor, an eccentric fellow patient, and an imagined guest on her favorite TV show, can show Gretty the possibilities of leading a life of joy and hope in the face of disability.

  • Comedy/Drama
  • 120 - 130 minutes
  • 3 f, 2 m (5-7 actors possible: exactly 3 f, 2-5 m)
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Two locations, minimally suggested: a bedroom and an outdoor courtyard of a nursing home.

Published Reviews

"Gretty Myers is the riveting focus at the compassionate heart and thoughtful soul of Belluso's gripping Gretty Good Time... Belluso's talent for caustic humor and satire mingles in these scenes with his keen sense of the wellsprings of guilt and regret... As a character, Gretty may not be easy to take, but as created by Belluso...she is fascinating, thought-provoking company."

Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times

"...Gretty is a vividly drawn character, a witty sourpuss who makes a sardonic case for the right of an individual to end his or her life."

Bill Marx, The Boston Globe

"...a sterling play."

Johnette Rodriguez, Providence Phoenix

"This play is so filled with life, so startled with imagination..."

William K. Gale, Providence Journal

"In its themes of death and illness, Gretty shares some territory with Margaret Edson's Wit. But sharp as Edson's work is, Belluso's textured drama is in some respects the more complex piece... Belluso is a good writer. His language is intelligent without being arch or overly clever."

Robert Simonson, Time Out New York

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JUN 03, 2010 - JUN 20, 2010
Theater Alliance
Washington, DC United States
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JUN 03, 2010 - JUN 20, 2010
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Washington, DC United States
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