Perfect Arrangement

Perfect Arrangement

by Topher Payne

August 30-September 22; Previews August 28-29

The Hippodrome and the UF School of Theatre + Dance partner to open the 52nd season with ‘Perfect Arrangement’.

It’s 1950, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

Inspired by the true story of the Lavender Scare, Perfect Arrangement merges madcap sitcom-style laughs with provocative drama as two closeted U.S state Department employees struggle to maintain their cover – and their sanity – in 1950s America.

“Usually a playwright has to choose between writing a laugh-out-loud comedy and a very serious drama. Topher Payne has written both with Perfect Arrangement.”  – TheatreMania

​”This is truly what a play should be. Thought-provoking, but with loads of laughs, this terrific show strikes the perfect balance between harsh social criticism and comedy.” – Triangle Arts & Entertainment – this one but stop at balance

Perfect Arrangement

by Topher Payne

On Mainstage August 30-September 22
Previews: August 28-29

Opening Night: Friday, August 30, 2024 at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesdays at 7 p.m. | Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays 2 p.m. and  8 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m.

Perfect Arrangement

Talkback with Actors:
Sunday, September 8 after the 2 p.m. show

For patrons requiring elevator access or extra assistance with stairs and/or are interested in a
Sensory-Friendly theatre experience please click here.

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Contact the Box Office (352 375 4477) or email for Accessible Seating 

CONTENT ADVISORY: This play discusses LGBTQ+ and adult themes, and strong language is used.

Our 112-year-old elevator has reached the end of its life and has been permanently closed. To ensure continued accessibility to live theatre experiences while awaiting the installation of a new elevator, the Hippodrome is introducing an initiative—“Alternate Access Theatre.” Please click here for more information. Performances will take place on our 2nd Stage/Hipp Cinema, located on the first floor, accommodating individuals requiring elevator access or extra assistance with stairs.

Perfect Arrangement

“Perfect Arrangement” will be presented with adaptions to fit the smaller stage. 

Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 8 p.m. (Sensory Friendly
Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 2 p.m.

Please contact our Box Office to make a reservation (352 375 4477) or email

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"Perfect Arrangement" in the News

Picture Gallery

Pictures by Michael A. Eaddy

Opening Night

“Perfect Arrangement” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Perfect Arrangement was initially produced at CULTURALDC’s 2013 Source Festival in Washington, DC.
Artistic Director, Jenny McConnell Frederick

New York Premiere produced by Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder and Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director) in association in association with Amy Danis, Mark Johannes, and Dan Shaheen, October 2015