9 characters. 2M; 2F; 5 Either; Flexible casting; 3 pages in length. Approximately 5 minutes running time. A comedic radio play commercial written by Donald A. Reasoner Jr.

Aunt Lottie’s Leftover Cafe? is a comedic radio play commercial that tackles family mealtime. When a typical family can’t decide where to go to for dinner, they are introduced to a very unusual restaurant. Aunt Lottie’s Leftover Café doesn’t actually cook their own food, but sends their “chefs” around town collecting the leftovers from the kitchens of more “fine dining” establishments. A hilarious commercial to add to your next radio play production!

Donald A. Reasoner Jr. lives in Okinawa, Japan with his wife and family and teaches Bible, music and performing arts to middle and high school students.

Excerpt from the play:

CAST OF CHARACTERS

NARRATOR
DAD
MOM
JIMMY
DONNA
CHEF #1
CHEF #2
RESTAURANT OWNER
LADY DINER

NARRATOR
And now, an important word from one of our fine sponsors.

DAD
Hey hon, kids, it’s Friday night, and I was thinking…how ‘bout I treat the whole family to dinner out?

MOM
Oh, that sounds wonderful dear. I could use a night off from the kitchen.

JIMMY
Yippee! I love eating out!

DONNA
Me too! Thanks, Dad!

DAD
So…where should we go? (TO MOM) Hon?

MOM
Hmmmm…let me think for a moment.

JIMMY
(EXCITEDLY) How ‘bout the Burger Barn!

MOM
Well…I was thinking of something a little more formal. Not fancy, mind you, somewhere where we could be waited on and not have to order from the counter.

DONNA
I say we go to Lettuce Land.

JIMMY
(DISGUSTED) Yuucck! You would suggest that. (WHINING) Dad, don’t make us go to a…salad place…pleeeezzzzeee?

MOM
That’s enough…if you two are going to complain, we can just stay at home and have…

DAD
(INTERRUPTING MOM, EXCITEDLY) That’s it…that’s it! I know the perfect place! Let’s go…to the Leftover Cafe!

JIMMY AND DONNA
(TOGETHER, CHEERING) Yea!…Yippee!…Awesome!

MOM
That’s perfect dear

DAD
Last one in the car is a rotten egg

JIMMY AND DONNA
(TOGETHER, CHEERING) Yea!…Yippee!…Awesome!

NARRATOR
This family knows. For a great evening out, there’s no place like Aunt Lottie’s Leftover Cafe. Located on historic highway 178, right next to the local hazardous waste disposal site, the Leftover Cafe is a truly unique dining experience. There are no printed menus, but our courteous and professional staff will help guide you in your dining choices. The Leftover Cafe features cuisine from some of the finest dining establishments in the area, served piping hot on our trademark Melmac dinner plates. Aunt Lottie’s chefs are highly trained. They are experts in combing the neighborhood to find the finest culinary faire for your dining pleasure.

CHEF #1
(TOUGH GUY ACCENT) Hey Joe, smell this.

CHEF #2
(SNIFFS LOUDLY…THEN SIGHS CONTENTEDLY) Ahhh…chicken marsala.

CHEF #1
(CHUCKLING) I think we just found our Friday special.

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