Too Many Cooks

Written by:

Marcia Kash, Douglas E. Hughes

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 2

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Canada
Ontario
Prohibition

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

2003

Synopsis:

In Too Many Cooks, it’s 1932 in Niagara Falls, Canada, where the rum-running business is at its peak. In the aftermath of the Crash, Irving Bubbalowe and his daughter Honey have risked everything they have to open a new gourmet restaurant. When their star, the renowned singing chef Francois LaPlouffe, fails to appear, tonight’s grand opening is suddenly placed in jeopardy. However, when unemployed chef Frank Plunkett wanders in looking for work, Honey persuades him to masquerade as the missing LaPlouffe. The beleaguered Bubbalowe, meanwhile, also has to contend with Chicago gangster Al Feghetti and his sidekick who have come looking for an illegal shipment of booze residing in his basement.

In addition, Bubbalowe has to keep at bay the hot-blooded Immigration officer Veronica Snook, on the trail of the vanished chef, as well as a suspicious tee-totaling Mountie, who is ready to arrest Bubbalowe for both murder and bootlegging. Madness ensues, and Bubbalowe and the others create a hornets’ nest of fabricated stories (and identities) as they try to valiantly save the restaurant (and themselves) from both the gangsters and the law. (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Irving Bubbalowe

Honey, his daughter

Francois LaPlouffe, renowned singing chef

Frank Plunkett, unemployed chef

Al Feghetti, a Chicago gangster

Veronica Snook, immigration officer

First Produced:

2003, Lighthouse Festival - Port Dover, ON

Resources:

Too Many Cooks is available through the CPO Website.

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Notes:

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