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Lip Service

  • John Misto
  • Full Length Play, Drama, Australian, 1960s, 1950s
  • 1M, 2F
  • ISBN: 9780992335571

In John Misto's hilarious new play, Lip Service, Australian cosmetics tycoon, Helena Rubinstein, is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. When Helena hires a battle-hardened war-veteran as a personal assistant, her life is turned upside down.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama, Australian

  • Time Period: 1960s, 1950s
  • Target Audience: Adult

  • Performance Group:
  • College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
In John Misto's hilarious new play, Lip Service, Australian cosmetics tycoon, Helena Rubinstein, is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. When Helena hires a battle-hardened war-veteran as a personal assistant, her life is turned upside down. As her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of her past topple the world's richest businesswomen? Or will war-veteran, Patrick, save her from herself?

Inspired by real events, Lip Service is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind? 

REVIEWS:

"Gloriously entertaining play... a comic tour-de-force."

 What'sOnStage (U.K.)

"Lip Service is a hilarious new play by John Misto... The audience laughed at every joke, often to the point where actors had to pause...The buzz will spread fast so get tickets soon -- you might have to compete with people going back for seconds."

 The Music

"Lines of dialogue that are relentless, and exquisite, in their bitchiness... a show that proves itself tremendously funny by any standard...two and a half hours of incessant laughter..."

 Suzy Goes See

"The dialogue is as swift as an arrow, and as sharp as a tack -- with many great one-liners. Do yourself a great service and go and see this play."

 Sydney Arts Guide

Premiere Production:

Lip Service had a sell-out season at London's Park Theatre in 2017 under the title Madame Rubinstein. Lip Service also had successful seasons at Sydney's Ensemble Theatre and Melbourne's Lawler Theatre.

Lip Service will be performed in Poland and Lithuania and the play will have a national tour of Israel in 2019.

  • Casting: 1M, 2F
  • Casting Notes: Plus the offstage voice of Marta, Helena's Secretary, and various others.

  • HELENA RUBINSTEIN - approx 75-85 years
    ELIZABETH ARDEN - approx 65-75 years
    PATRICK O'HIGGINS - approx 25-35 years.
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    In John Misto's hilarious new play, Lip Service, Australian cosmetics tycoon, Helena Rubinstein, is locked in a power struggle with rivals Elizabeth Arden and Revlon. When Helena hires a battle-hardened war-veteran as a personal assistant, her life is turned upside down.

    As her professional and family conflicts reach fever pitch, will the ghosts of her past topple the world's richest businesswomen? Or will war-veteran, Patrick, save her from herself?

    Inspired by real events, Lip Service is a bright new comedy where the nails are painted and the gloves are off. Yet when the lipstick bleeds and the makeup fades, what is there left to hide behind? 

    $24.95