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    Stage play: how many words?

    Quick question: what are acceptable word counts for a stage-play? I am neither sure what length of time is acceptable for a play nor how many words these actors can produce in an hour or so, so I did a word-count on a randomly selected play (Wilde's Lady Wintermere's Fan) and ended up with about 19,000. Is that a reasonable word count? Can someone give me approximate minimum/maximum word counts? Thanks!

    [edit] I've continued looking up word-counts randomly; it seems that between 18 and 26k words, unless you were Shakespeare, in which case you could apparently write a lot more
    Last edited by DanielZKlein; 10-27-2006 at 05:45 PM.

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