Poor Behavior

by  Theresa Rebeck

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

A fierce and funny story about the unexpected ease of betrayal and the fragility of marriage.

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Poor Behavior

by  Theresa Rebeck

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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A weekend in the country spins out of control when jealous wife Maureen makes a reckless accusation about her husband Ian and their old friend Ella. Ella's husband Peter tries and fails to stop the domestic carnage in this fierce and funny story about the unexpected ease of betrayal and the fragility of marriage.
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“An indecently funny play!” - Variety

“If there’s ever been theater that invites a discussion afterward over a glass or seven of wine, then Poor Behavior is it.” – NBC4 New York 

“A weekend getaway… provided your idea of a getaway is Napoleon’s retreat from Russia.”  – The New York Times


  • Poor Behavior - Center Theatre Group
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Betrayal, Love, Marriage


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A comfortable weekend home in the country.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 2f
PETER - self-assured, funny, confident, very likeable; a caretaker.
MAUREEN - high-strung, narcissistic, often hysterical; has a ready self-pity.
ELLA - good-natured, passionate, idealistic, with just enough self-deception at her disposal.
IAN - Irish; has lived in the states for over ten years; bitter, funny, brilliant; he is angry at himself for all his bad decisions. Angry at the universe, too. Ready to burn the store to get what he wants. Is also wounded and vulnerable; it’s important that his woundedness be seen.
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Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeckis a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts at the Music Box Theatre; Seminar at the Golden Theatre; Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production; The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Fa ...

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Poor Behavior premiered at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, CA in September 2011 under the direction of Douglas Hughes.

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