The Gigolo Business
Other Plays by Howard Dietz
Dietz, Howard (American playwright, translator from Italian into English, 1896-1983), The Gigolo Business,
a __-minute vaudeville sketch in English, set in a hotel room in Nice, France, 1935,
© 1935 by Howard Dietz;
in The Greatest Revue Sketches, compiled and edited by Donald Oliver, a Bard Book (New York City: Avon Books, 1982), ISBN 0-380-79194-3, published with and can pair with Robert Benchley' s "The Treasurer's Report," 1m; Mel Brooks' "Of Fathers and Sons," 2mlf + 2m; William F. Brown's "Double- 0 or Nothing," 3m1f; Abe Burrows: "Highlights from the World or Sports," 2m + silent extras; Betty Comden and Adolph Green's "Triangle: An Old-Fashioned Burlesque Sketch with Two Variations," 2m1f + extras; Herbert Hartig and Lois Balk Korey's "Coffee," 1m1f; W. C. Fields' "School Days," 3m1f; David Freedman's "A Day at the Brokers'," 3m; David Freedman's "Dr. Freidler's Dilemma," Im3f; David Freedman's "A Smoking Car," 2m1f; David Freedman's "Sweepstakes Ticket," 3m1f; David Freedman's "Taxes! Taxes!" 3m; Charles Gaynor's "Do It Yourself," 3mlf; Will Glickman and Joseph Stein's "I Never Felt Better," 2m1f; Moss Hart's "Better Luck Next Time," 1m2f; Moss Hart's "Franklin D. Roosevelt to Be Inaugurated Tomorrow," 2m1f; George S. Kaufman's "If Men Played Cards as Women Do," 4m; George S. Kaufman's "Local Boy Makes Good," 3m1f; William Miles and Donald Blackwell's "In Marbled Halls," 2m1f; Paul Gerard Smith's "The Yellow Peril," 3m1f; Joseph Stein, Neil Simon, and Danny Simon's "Tallulah Finds Her Kitchen," 1f; Joseph Stein and Will Glickman's "I Never Felt Better," 2m1f; Billy K. Wells' "The Ambulance Chaser," 2m1f; Billy K. Wells' "My," 3m1f; or Billy K. Wells' "The Will," 3m;
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script/rights available from source named in the Oliver anthology.
Cited in 1/2/3/4 for the Show: A Guide to Small-Cast One-Act Plays, vol. 2, (Lanham, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Scarecrow Press, 1999), ISBN 0810836009, 475 pp.
Otis Hatrick (m), __, American husband; Rene (m), __, paid escort; Henrietta Hatrick (f), __, American wife; Flo-Flo (f) __, hired companion.
An American middle-aged couple staying in a hotel in Nice, France, adapt to French ways. Henrietta hires Rene, a gigolo, as her escort for an evening out. Rene thoughtfully arranges for Flo-Flo, his female counterpart, to be Otis' evening in.
First produced in At Home Abroad, at the Winter Garden Theatre, on September 19, 1935.
American abroad, culture clash, gigolo, prostitution.