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Help with Title: Part III

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by Princeton, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Bringing back a series of threads that have not graced this forum since 2007! Once again, I have a great idea for a stage play and I need help choosing a title. Here's a synopsis (but first let me say that I'm sure this plot has been done a million times, but I think I know how to make it original): A married couple has a baby, but they're always out of their apartment. So they hire a live-in nanny without knowing that the nanny and the baby's father had a serious relationship many years ago. So the whole play deals with how all three characters react to living together, given their past histories. Can't wait to hear what you all come up with!
  2. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    The only thing I can think of is "Strange Bedfellows", but THAT title's been done a million times as well, and for various different plots ranging from sticky politics (since the title is a political term), to Odd Couple-esque bunking (like the Rocko's Modern Life episode where Heffer moved in with Rocko).
  3. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Ha, I'm surprised you didn't comment on the M*A*S*H episode with that title. Also, The Golden Girls had one too.
  4. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    My Ex-Nanny?

    You, Me and Nanny?
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  5. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

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    Is this play intended as comedy, drama, or a mix of the two? Is the ending romantic, realistic, comic, or tragic?
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  6. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Good questions! Dramatic play, realistic ending.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Lol @ your M*A*S*H comment Brian, but actually, for some reason, the more I read about your play idea, the more I'm reminded of an old Broadway play starring Charles Grodin, that was later adapted into a movie with, of all people, Alan Alda, called Same Time, Next Year, it's really good.

    BTW, I'm curious, I don't remember if I did or not, but wasn't I helpful in giving you a title for a project of yours before?
  8. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Yep; 'Lady of the Rain'! And like I said, I'm sure I'm not the first person to tell this story, so it doesn't surprise me that it reminds you of something pre-existing.
  9. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Yes, I remember now, thank you.

    So how did that one work out? Now that I remember, I remember, it sounded very interesting (and in a good way).
  10. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    'Lady of the Rain' is one of those treatments that I'm constantly going back and re-tooling to get it up to a 'pitch' standard (meaning getting it ready to be pitched to a studio head).
  11. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

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    I would take some facet of their relationship(s) and make a title based around it. For instance, if the husband and the nanny/former lover both really loved going to baseball games together, you could title it "Strike Two" ....yeah, okay, that one was lame. But you get the idea. Make the title something which specifically references the characters, not some generic thing which only plays on the situation.

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  12. dwmckim

    dwmckim Well-Known Member

    "Nanny Nanny Re-do"

    "And Nanny Makes Four"
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  13. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    "Nanny Makes Three" also fits, and is also a Nanny McPhee reference.
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  14. Princeton

    Princeton Active Member

    Upon revisiting this thread, I think I'll go with "Nanny Nanny Re-Do".


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