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let nothing you dismay

a holiday comedy in two acts

4 f/4 m

It's Christmas, and Kevin and Allie are about to become parents- they're just waiting for a phone call. And though they've asked their families to keep their distance until they bring the baby home, of course no one keeps their distance. Kevin's father visits with his much-younger wife and their extended clan, followed by Kevin's mother with her veterinarian, her upstairs neighbor, and her favorite author, and then Allie's family invades, including her ultra-competitive sister, her Bubbie, and Bubbie's gentleman friend. Eight actors play twenty-two characters in this lightning-paced holiday farce that celebrates families of all kinds.

"Laugh-out-loud funny, and a touching reminder of how much more alike we are than we realize." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"It's a perfect arrangement for Payne, whose light touch in the script makes the complicated maneuverings impressively smooth. The tinsel sparkles on cue, and the quips are fast, funny, and smart." - ArtsATL

"Payne dazzles once again; there are touches of Noel Coward and Mel Brooks and any number of comic wizards that you could name. But mainly it's Topher Payne." - Atlanta Intown

"In this day and age when a nuclear family is a relic of the past, and many times our family is made up of those we have chosen, this show is a Christmas story for everyone." - Anchorage Press 

"The perfect gift this holiday season." - The Examiner

  2016 Suzi Bass Awards  

Winner, Outstanding World Premiere

Winner, Outstanding Ensemble Cast

Nominee, Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award

Nominee, Outstanding Costume Design, Jim Alford

Nominee, Outstanding Sound Design, Rial Ellsworth

Let Nothing You Dismay by Topher Payne at Stage Door Players
Stage Door Players

Dunwoody, Georgia

World Premiere, 2015


Let Nothing You Dismay by Topher Payne at Centre Stage
Centre Stage

Greenville, South Carolina


Anchorage Community Theatre

Anchorage, Alaska


Farmington Players

Farmington Hills, Michigan


Corbin Theatre

Liberty, Missouri


The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Fort Myers, Florida


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