Making God Laugh
by Sean Grennan

Productions (78)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 120 - 130 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m (5-20 actors possible: 2-8 f, 3-12 m)
  • Content Notes: Mild adult language
  • Set: A living room.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-041-9

Making God Laugh
by Sean Grennan

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Productions (78)
  • Comedy/Drama
  • 120 - 130 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m (5-20 actors possible: 2-8 f, 3-12 m)
  • Content Notes: Mild adult language
  • Set: A living room.

Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. Read More

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Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.

As Woody Allen once said, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans..."

www.makinggodlaugh.com

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    • Comedy/Drama
    • 120 - 130 minutes
    • 2 f, 3 m (5-20 actors possible: 2-8 f, 3-12 m)
    • Content Notes: Mild adult language
    • Set: A living room.
    • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-041-9

    Published Reviews

    "A gem of comic relief...this new heartwarming comedy has everything going for it. Making God Laugh has a dramatic and honest story of real people layered with a hoot of hilarity, yet the show is so meaningful that one has tears of joy by show's end."

    Betty Mohr, Chicago Sun Times

    "Making God Laugh wrought tears of laughter...an "amen" from one audience member, and standing ovation at the end!"

    Lisa Panzer, StageMagazine.org

    "...a touchingly heartwarming family comedy."

    Tom Williams, ChicagoCritic.com

    "Grennan proves himself to be a master of the back-and-forth of dialogue... This is a story of life's changes of direction, the role reversals of parents and children, the primacy of the reality of now versus the memories of the past and the predictions of the future, and the importance of a family breaking bread together."

    J. Scott Hill, Chicago Stage Review

    "An astonishingly real script that contains elements theater goers will recognize from their own family lives. We laugh with these people, not at them -- oh, how we laugh -- we cheer for their triumphs and ache for their defeats."

    Warren Bluhm, Door County Advocate

    "A powerful moving story that makes you cry from laughing so much in the beginning, to making you cry because it touches your heart in the end."

    Steve Wilson, Kansas City Examiner

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    MAY 13, 2018 - MAY 13, 2018
    Troy Civic Theatre
    Tipp City, OH United States
    Troy Civic Theatre Tipp City, OH United States
    MAY 04, 2018 - MAY 12, 2018
    Troy Civic Theatre
    Troy, OH United States
    Troy Civic Theatre Troy, OH United States
    JAN 12, 2018 - JAN 21, 2018
    Sun City Players Community Theatre
    Sun City, AZ United States
    Sun City Players Community Theatre Sun City, AZ United States
    NOV 10, 2017 - NOV 18, 2017
    Macomb Community Theatre
    Macomb, IL United States
    Macomb Community Theatre Macomb, IL United States
    NOV 10, 2017 - DEC 17, 2017
    PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre
    Poway, CA United States
    PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre Poway, CA United States
    NOV 09, 2017 - NOV 26, 2017
    Cincinnati Landmark Producitons
    Cincinnati, OH United States
    Cincinnati Landmark Producitons Cincinnati, OH United States
    NOV 02, 2017 - DEC 17, 2017
    Clove Creek Dinner Theater
    Hyde Park, NY United States
    Clove Creek Dinner Theater Hyde Park, NY United States
    SEP 30, 2017 - OCT 03, 2017
    Winding River Players
    Towanda, PA United States
    Winding River Players Towanda, PA United States
    SEP 29, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
    Steel Beam Theatre
    St. Charles, IL United States
    Steel Beam Theatre St. Charles, IL United States
    SEP 28, 2017 - OCT 07, 2017
    Beloit Civic Theatre
    Beloit, WI United States
    Beloit Civic Theatre Beloit, WI United States
    SEP 21, 2017 - SEP 30, 2017
    Fort Smith Little Theatre
    Ft. Smith, AR United States
    Fort Smith Little Theatre Ft. Smith, AR United States
    SEP 06, 2017 - OCT 01, 2017
    The Wimberley Players, Inc.
    Wimberley, TX United States
    The Wimberley Players, Inc. Wimberley, TX United States
    AUG 18, 2017 - SEP 03, 2017
    Playhouse 2000
    Kerrville, TX United States
    Playhouse 2000 Kerrville, TX United States
    JUL 07, 2017 - JUL 16, 2017
    Ol Church Theater
    Bradford, VT United States
    Ol Church Theater Bradford, VT United States
    JUN 09, 2017 - JUN 18, 2017
    Colonial Little Theatre
    Johnstown, NY United States
    Colonial Little Theatre Johnstown, NY United States
    MAY 25, 2017 - JUN 10, 2017
    Chino Community Theatre
    Chino, CA United States
    Chino Community Theatre Chino, CA United States
    MAY 22, 2017 - MAY 22, 2017
    Vero Beach Theatre Guild
    Vero Beach, FL United States
    Vero Beach Theatre Guild Vero Beach, FL United States
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    Vero Beach Theatre Guild
    Vero Beach, FL United States
    Vero Beach Theatre Guild Vero Beach, FL United States
    APR 29, 2017 - MAY 13, 2017
    Bridge Players Theatre Company
    Burlington, NJ United States
    Bridge Players Theatre Company Burlington, NJ United States
    APR 27, 2017 - APR 28, 2017
    Permian High School
    Odessa, TX United States
    Permian High School Odessa, TX United States
    APR 21, 2017 - APR 29, 2017
    The Pale Moon Players
    Lehighton, PA United States
    The Pale Moon Players Lehighton, PA United States
    APR 17, 2017 - MAY 14, 2017
    The Old Creamery Theatre Co
    Amana, IA United States
    The Old Creamery Theatre Co Amana, IA United States
    APR 07, 2017 - APR 23, 2017
    The Barn Dinner Theatre
    Greensboro, NC United States
    The Barn Dinner Theatre Greensboro, NC United States
    APR 06, 2017 - APR 09, 2017
    Coastal Carolina Community College
    Jacksonville, NC United States
    Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC United States
    MAR 30, 2017 - JUN 30, 2017
    Dailes Thetaer State Ltd.
    Riga, Latvia
    Dailes Thetaer State Ltd. Riga, Latvia
    MAR 30, 2017 - JUN 30, 2019
    Dailes Theatre State Ltd.
    Riga, Latvia
    Dailes Theatre State Ltd. Riga, Latvia
    FEB 24, 2017 - MAR 11, 2017
    Windsor Community Playhouse
    Windsor, CO United States
    Windsor Community Playhouse Windsor, CO United States
    NOV 18, 2016 - DEC 17, 2016
    Hunting Hills
    Red Deer, AB Canada
    Hunting Hills Red Deer, AB Canada
    NOV 11, 2016 - NOV 20, 2016
    Grove Players
    Downers Grove, IL United States
    Grove Players Downers Grove, IL United States
    NOV 04, 2016 - NOV 05, 2016
    Billings Senior High Drama
    Billings, MT United States
    Billings Senior High Drama Billings, MT United States
    NOV 03, 2016 - NOV 06, 2016
    Theatre Morin Heights
    Morin Heights, QC Canada
    Theatre Morin Heights Morin Heights, QC Canada
    OCT 07, 2016 - OCT 07, 2016
    Gallery Theater
    West Chicago, IL United States
    Gallery Theater West Chicago, IL United States
    SEP 30, 2016 - OCT 09, 2016
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    Gallery Theater West Chicago, IL United States
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    Independence, OH United States
    Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc. Independence, OH United States
    AUG 19, 2016 - AUG 28, 2016
    Old Town Players, Inc.
    Vincennes, IN United States
    Old Town Players, Inc. Vincennes, IN United States
    AUG 18, 2016 - AUG 20, 2016
    GKS Productions
    Wellsville, NY United States
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    Northern State University
    Lake City, SD United States
    Northern State University Lake City, SD United States
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    Opera House Theatre
    Philipsburg, MT United States
    Opera House Theatre Philipsburg, MT United States
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    Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc.
    Lima, OH United States
    Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc. Lima, OH United States
    JUN 08, 2016 - JUN 26, 2016
    Lemon Bay Playhouse, Inc.
    Englewood, FL United States
    Lemon Bay Playhouse, Inc. Englewood, FL United States
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    Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc.
    Lima, OH United States
    Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc. Lima, OH United States
    MAY 06, 2016 - MAY 21, 2016
    Independence Community Theater
    Independence, OH United States
    Independence Community Theater Independence, OH United States
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    Carlsbad, NM United States
    Carlsbad Community Theater Carlsbad, NM United States
    MAR 25, 2016 - MAR 25, 2016
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    Davenport, WA United States
    Davenport Theatrical Davenport, WA United States
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    Bedford, NH United States
    Bedford Off Broadway, Inc. Bedford, NH United States
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    Williams Lake, BC Canada
    Williams Lake Studio Theatre Williams Lake, BC Canada
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    Edinburg, TX United States
    Johnny Economedes High School Edinburg, TX United States
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    Clearwater, FL United States
    Early Bird Dinner Theatre Clearwater, FL United States
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    Cranbrook, BC Canada
    Cranbrook Community Theatre Cranbrook, BC Canada
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    Pipestone, MN United States
    Calumet Players Pipestone, MN United States
    SEP 24, 2015 - OCT 04, 2015
    County Seat Theater Company
    Cloquet, MN United States
    County Seat Theater Company Cloquet, MN United States
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    Hudson, WI United States
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    Rochester Repertory Theatre
    Rochester, MN United States
    Rochester Repertory Theatre Rochester, MN United States
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    South Park, PA United States
    South Park Theatre South Park, PA United States
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    Circle Arts Theatre
    New Braunfels, TX United States
    Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels, TX United States
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    Akron, OH United States
    Actors' Summit Akron, OH United States
    SEP 19, 2014 - OCT 04, 2014
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    Osceola, WI United States
    St. Croix ArtBarn Theatre Osceola, WI United States
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    Glenview, IL United States
    Oil Lamp Theater Glenview, IL United States
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    Manchester, NH United States
    The Majestic Theatre Manchester, NH United States
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    Eureka, CA United States
    Redwood Curtain Theatre Eureka, CA United States
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    Preble, NY United States
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    Sioux City, IA United States
    LAMB Arts Regional Theatre Sioux City, IA United States
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    Stone Mountain, GA United States
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    Chicago Heights, IL United States
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    Coral Gables, FL United States
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    St. Charles, IL United States
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    San Jose, CA United States
    Tabard Theatre Company San Jose, CA United States
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    East Islip, NY United States
    Broadhollow Theatre Company East Islip, NY United States
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    Nebraska Repertory Theatre
    Lincoln, NE United States
    Nebraska Repertory Theatre Lincoln, NE United States
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    Curtain Call Theatre
    Bothell, WA United States
    Curtain Call Theatre Bothell, WA United States
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    Sioux City, IA United States
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    APR 12, 2013 - APR 21, 2012
    Jackson County Stage Company
    Carbondale, IL United States
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    Montgomery Theater
    Souderton, PA United States
    Montgomery Theater Souderton, PA United States
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    Canyon Moon Theatre
    Sedona, AZ United States
    Canyon Moon Theatre Sedona, AZ United States
    JUN 14, 2011 - JUL 03, 2011
    Peninsula Players
    Fish Creek, WI United States
    Peninsula Players Fish Creek, WI United States
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    Troy Civic Theatre
    Tipp City, OH United States
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    MAY 04, 2018 - MAY 12, 2018
    Troy Civic Theatre
    Troy, OH United States
    Troy Civic Theatre Troy, OH United States
    JAN 12, 2018 - JAN 21, 2018
    Sun City Players Community Theatre
    Sun City, AZ United States
    Sun City Players Community Theatre Sun City, AZ United States
    NOV 10, 2017 - NOV 18, 2017
    Macomb Community Theatre
    Macomb, IL United States
    Macomb Community Theatre Macomb, IL United States
    NOV 10, 2017 - DEC 17, 2017
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    Poway, CA United States
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    Cincinnati, OH United States
    Cincinnati Landmark Producitons Cincinnati, OH United States
    NOV 02, 2017 - DEC 17, 2017
    Clove Creek Dinner Theater
    Hyde Park, NY United States
    Clove Creek Dinner Theater Hyde Park, NY United States
    SEP 30, 2017 - OCT 03, 2017
    Winding River Players
    Towanda, PA United States
    Winding River Players Towanda, PA United States
    SEP 29, 2017 - OCT 29, 2017
    Steel Beam Theatre
    St. Charles, IL United States
    Steel Beam Theatre St. Charles, IL United States
    SEP 28, 2017 - OCT 07, 2017
    Beloit Civic Theatre
    Beloit, WI United States
    Beloit Civic Theatre Beloit, WI United States
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    Ft. Smith, AR United States
    Fort Smith Little Theatre Ft. Smith, AR United States
    SEP 06, 2017 - OCT 01, 2017
    The Wimberley Players, Inc.
    Wimberley, TX United States
    The Wimberley Players, Inc. Wimberley, TX United States
    AUG 18, 2017 - SEP 03, 2017
    Playhouse 2000
    Kerrville, TX United States
    Playhouse 2000 Kerrville, TX United States
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    Ol Church Theater
    Bradford, VT United States
    Ol Church Theater Bradford, VT United States
    JUN 09, 2017 - JUN 18, 2017
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    Johnstown, NY United States
    Colonial Little Theatre Johnstown, NY United States
    MAY 25, 2017 - JUN 10, 2017
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    Vero Beach, FL United States
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    Burlington, NJ United States
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    Amana, IA United States
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    Greensboro, NC United States
    The Barn Dinner Theatre Greensboro, NC United States
    MAR 30, 2017 - JUN 30, 2017
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    Riga, Latvia
    Dailes Thetaer State Ltd. Riga, Latvia
    MAR 30, 2017 - JUN 30, 2019
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    Riga, Latvia
    Dailes Theatre State Ltd. Riga, Latvia
    JUN 24, 2016 - AUG 28, 2016
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    Philipsburg, MT United States
    Opera House Theatre Philipsburg, MT United States
    OCT 31, 2015 - DEC 20, 2015
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    Clearwater, FL United States
    Early Bird Dinner Theatre Clearwater, FL United States
    OCT 09, 2014 - NOV 02, 2014
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    Akron, OH United States
    Actors' Summit Akron, OH United States
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