Plays Directory : They're playing our song

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Neil Simon
  • Written
    1978
  • Setting
    1970's
  • Overview
    Act I

    Top pop music composer Vernon Gersch, hoping to find a new collaborator, meets offbeat Sonia Walsk, who has already had some success writing lyrics and is in awe of his accomplishments, at his luxury Manhattan apartment. She is surprised that his Oscar is so light, and Vernon quips, "They're chocolate inside." He is aloof and focused, while she is disorganized and distracted, but Vernon has already written music to one of Sonia's lyrics, and they decide to forge ahead. Sonia, frazzled by her break up with lover Leon, arrives a day late for their first work session. When they begin, she tells Vernon they should get to know each other on a personal level in order for their work to gel, and they decide to have dinner at "Le Club."

    Sonia, who has been trying to ease Leon's anguish, is late yet again, and the evening begins badly. She and Vernon argue, then dance in an effort to calm down. The two settle down to enjoy the evening, and they hear their own songs being played over the sound system. Another work session, in which the two really don't listen to each other, follows, but Vernon convinces Sonia to join him for a romantic weekend at a Long Island beach house. The trip to the island in Vernon's small sports car is fraught with engine trouble, calls to Leon, and arguments. They finally arrive at the house, but a phone call from Leon threatens the romantic mood. Determined to concentrate on Vernon, Sonia tells Leon that she can't help him and hangs up.

    Act II

    It's a week later and Vernon is suffering from insomnia. Sonia manipulates her way into his apartment by telling him she has no place to stay since Leon is back living at her place. Sonia and Vernon's romance and collaboration seems successful for a while, but the relationship begins to crumble because of her inability to send her ex-boyfriend away. Also, away from his piano, Vernon is a bundle of neuroses and unable to express his deepest feelings. After some psychologizing about the difficulties of living and working together, the pair split up at a recording session.

    A few months later, while Vernon is in a Los Angeles hospital, Sonia arrives unexpectedly with a tiny red child's piano as a get-well gift. Months later, both have separately come to the realization that, despite their differences, they are better together. Vernon arrives at Sonia's apartment in New York to tell her that he wants to try again. She agrees, and they reconcile with a kiss.
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Connected mandy members:

Genevieve Davidson
Genevieve Davidson
Stage Manager
2017, Stage Manager/Operator
Emily Birnstein
Emily Birnstein
Assistant Stage Manager
2014, Stagehand
Bradley Barrack
Bradley Barrack
Stage Manager
2014, ASM/Dresser
Various - Touring
Emma Falconer
Emma Falconer
Assistant Stage Manager
2013, Assistant Stage Manager
The Queens Theatre
Sarah Mahony
Sarah Mahony
Actor
2013, Sonia Walsk
Alexander Barria
2013, Voice of Vernon
Broadway Theatre, Catford
Dan de Cruz
Dan de Cruz
Actor
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Rachael Barrington
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Sophie Adams
Sophie Adams
Actor
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Victoria Porter
Victoria Porter
Deputy Stage Manager
2013, ASM
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Sarah Mahony
Sarah Mahony
Singer
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Daniel Crews
Daniel Crews
Sound Technician
2013, Sound Operator
Queens Theatre, Hornchurch
Molly Bunder
Molly Bunder
Actor
2009, Company
Red Barn Theatre
Rick Lipton
Rick Lipton
Dialect Coach
2008, Dialect Coach
Stephanie Joab
Stephanie Joab
Assistant Stage Manager
2008, ASM dep
Olivia Jolliffe
Olivia Jolliffe
Assistant Stage Manager
2008, Assistant Stage Manager/ Wardrobe Assistant
The Menier Chocoalte Factory
Gregory Rivers
2007, Lead
Mcaulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Andrew Hodwitz
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Simon Rawlings
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Grant Neal
Grant Neal
Actor
1997, Alter Ego