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Live in Front of a Broadway Audience: Sitcoms That Should Be Stage Plays

Already a busy man, James Franco has been given the rights to produce an off-Broadway production of Three's Company after performing "a startling dramatic take" for the series' rights holders. While the idea of bringing a sitcom to the theater seems obvious (and has been done before), the suggestion that Franco should play a dramatic version of Jack Tripper is pure genius. But we just don't know why he couldn't have gone with something more current. There are plenty of sitcoms on television right now that would truly benefit from this treatment. Here's what we'd want to see on the Great White Way:

Modern Family

By focusing on the parents' relationships and dropping the kids, the staged version of this show could easily turn into a dark look into the imperfections and delusions that go into forming a relationship - like Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? Someone would just need to have a false pregnancy.

Two and a Half Men

Considering the amount of time one and a half of the men spend wondering if Charlie Sheen will show up to work in any given week, the existential absurdity of the situation could easily be captured theatrically. Similarly to Waiting for Godot, this play would spend two acts with a man and his "son" as they pass time without their leader, wondering if he ever existed to begin with.

Parks and Recreation

As a more contemporary Our Town, this play would focus on Leslie's life and the way that her near-infinite ambition gave her and those around her a modestly good life, even if it wasn't quite the one she had planned out at first. To add an interesting twist, mocked and abused Jerry will act as the Stage Manager.

The Big Bang Theory

In a sort of reverse Pygmalion, Penny would accept a wager from Leonard that she cannot teach Sheldon how to blend in with a group of sports-loving jocks.

Family Guy

Taking a cue from every fast-paced one-man show to hit Broadway, this performance piece would focus on Peter's slow detachment from his family as his imagined interactions with pop culture icons begin to dominate his life.

$h*! My Dad Says

The story of a child forced to deal with his father's arcane ways? This sounds just like Shakespeare's The Tempest with a sex change for the child. Hey, if Julie Taymor can change up that sort of thing, so can we.

The Office

The only real difference between Michael Scott and Willy Loman is their ego. In this interpretation, watching Michael fall into despair would be even more upsetting than in Arthur Miller's original Death of a Salesman.

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