Toil and Trouble
by Lauren Gunderson

Productions (6)
  • Black Comedy
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Some adult language.
  • Set: One room, a scooter, blood.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-218-5

Toil and Trouble
by Lauren Gunderson

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Productions (6)
  • Black Comedy
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Some adult language.
  • Set: One room, a scooter, blood.

Underemployed friends Adam, Matt and Beth are desperate to beat the recession any way they can--like combining forces to take over a small island in South America. But when a fortune cookie tells Matt that he will rule and Beth gets a little too handy with a dagger, plans go awry. This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth pits friend against friend, ambition against fate, pet-sitting against miniature vicuna mogul-dom.

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Underemployed friends Adam, Matt and Beth are desperate to beat the recession any way they can--like combining forces to take over a small island in South America. But when a fortune cookie tells Matt that he will rule and Beth gets a little too handy with a dagger, plans go awry. This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth pits friend against friend, ambition against fate, pet-sitting against miniature vicuna mogul-dom.

NOTE: This is the 2nd play in the Shakespeare Cycle, a series of contemporary comedies based on Shakespeare's plays. See Exit, Pursued by a Bear and The Taming for the other plays in this series.

  • Black Comedy
  • 80 - 90 minutes
  • 1 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Some adult language.
  • Set: One room, a scooter, blood.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-218-5

Published Reviews

"An uproarious, modern-day comedy."

Natalie Reyes, The Daily Californian

"Toil and Trouble is laugh-out-loud weird."

The Daily Californian

"Gunderson makes a strong case that hubris, greed, lust for power, and just plain lust never go out of style."

Jackie Demaline, Cincinnati Enquirer

"Local playwright Lauren Gunderson has a knack for making the problems of flibbertigibbets look both loathsomely silly and cosmically weighty."

Lily Janiak, San Francisco Weekly

Production History

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Production Group
Location
OCT 09, 2017 - OCT 15, 2017
UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Dept.
Whitewater, WI United States
UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Dept. Whitewater, WI United States
AUG 22, 2015 - AUG 29, 2015
Substitute Theatre
Seattle, WA United States
Substitute Theatre Seattle, WA United States
MAY 14, 2015 - MAY 30, 2015
M&D Productions
North Conway, NH United States
M&D Productions North Conway, NH United States
MAR 28, 2014 - MAR 30, 2014
Bentley School
Lafayette, CA United States
Bentley School Lafayette, CA United States
JUL 26, 2013 - AUG 24, 2013
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH United States
Know Theatre of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH United States
NOV 01, 2012 - DEC 08, 2012
Impact Theatre
Berkeley, CA United States
Impact Theatre Berkeley, CA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
OCT 09, 2017 - OCT 15, 2017
UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Dept.
Whitewater, WI United States
UW-Whitewater Theatre/Dance Dept. Whitewater, WI United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
JUL 26, 2013 - AUG 24, 2013
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH United States
Know Theatre of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH United States
NOV 01, 2012 - DEC 08, 2012
Impact Theatre
Berkeley, CA United States
Impact Theatre Berkeley, CA United States

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