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The Best Short Stage Monologues

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List RulesVote up the short monologues from plays that are the best to memorize for auditions and classes.

Anyone who has ever had an acting audition knows how important it is to find the perfect monologue. These monologues from plays are all under two minutes and give a performer the opportunity to showcase their unique talents. Here are 15 of the best short stage monologues.

If you’re hoping to display your dramatic acting, there are a couple of Shakespeare short monologues on this list that will do the trick. If you’re seeking a more modern piece, then something like Imogen’s monologue from Terry Johnson’s play Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle And Dick may better suit your needs. If you’re a youngster looking to land a stage role, there are a couple of short monologues for auditions featured on this list for you as well.

Some of these are famous short monologues, while others are hidden theater gems. Which do you think are the best short monologues for an audition? Make your voice heard by voting thumbs up or thumbs down on the list below.

  • Video: YouTube

    Now Linus, I want you to take a good look at Charlie Brown's face. Would you please hold still a minute, Charlie Brown, I want Linus to study your face. Now, this is what you call a Failure Face, Linus. Notice how it has failure written all over it. Study it carefully, Linus.

    You rarely see such a good example. Notice the deep lines, the dull, vacant look in the eyes. Yes, I would say this is one of the finest examples of a Failure Face that you're liable to see for a long while.


    Act 1, Scene 1


    • Authors / Creators: Clark Gesner
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  • 2

    Our Town - Emily Webb 

    Video: YouTube

     I can't bear it. They're so young and beautiful. Why did they ever have to get old? Mama, I'm here. I'm grown up. I love you all, everything. - I cant look at everything hard enough. (pause, talking to her mother who does not hear her. She speaks with mounting urgency) Oh, Mama, just look at me one minute as though you really saw me. Mama, fourteen years have gone by. I'm dead. You're a grandmother, Mama. I married George Gibbs, Mama. Wally's dead, too. Mama, his appendix burst on a camping trip to North Conway.

    We felt just terrible about it - don't you remember? But, just for a moment now we're all together. Mama, just for a moment we're happy. Let's look at one another. (pause, looking desperate because she has received no answer. She speaks in a loud voice, forcing herself to not look at her mother) I can't. I can't go on. It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. (she breaks down sobbing, she looks around) I didn't realize.

    All that was going on in life and we never noticed. Take me back - up the hill - to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover's Corners? Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking? and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths? and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. (she asks abruptly through her tears) Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? - every, every minute? (she sighs) I'm ready to go back. I should have listened to you. That's all human beings are! Just blind people.


    Act 3



    • Authors / Creators: Thornton Wilder
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  • 3

    My Fair Lady - Eliza Doolittle

    Video: YouTube

    My aunt died of influenza, so they said. But it’s my belief they done the old woman in. Yes Lord love you! Why should she die of influenza when she come through diphtheria right enough the year before? Fairly blue with it she was.

    They all thought she was dead. But my father, he kept ladling gin down her throat. Then she come to so sudden that she bit the bowl off the spoon. Now, what would you call a woman with that strength in her have to die of influenza, and what become of her new straw hat that should have come to me? Somebody pinched it, and what I say is, them that pinched it, done her in.

    Them she lived with would have killed her for a hatpin, let alone a hat. And as for father ladling the gin down her throat, it wouldn’t have killed her. Not her. Gin was as mother’s milk to her. Besides, he’s poured so much down his own throat that he knew the good of it.


    Act III

    • Authors / Creators: Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner
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    Noises Off - Dotty Otley

    Video: YouTube

    It’s no good you going on. I can’t open sardines and answer the phone. I’ve only got one pair of feet. Hello….Yes, but there’s no one here, love…. No, Mr. Brent’s not here…He lives here, yes, but he don’t live here now because he lives in Spain… Mr. Philip Brent, that’s right….

    The one who writes the plays, that’s him, only now he writes them in Spain… No, she’s in Spain, too, they’re all in Spain, there’s no one here… Am I in Spain? No, I’m not in Spain, dear. I look after the house for him, but I go home at one o’clock on Wednesday, only I’ve got a nice plate of sardines to put my feet up with, because it’s the royal what’s-it’s called on the telly — the royal you know — where’s the paper, then?

    And if it’s to do with letting the house then you’ll have to ring the house-agents, because they’re the agents for the house…. Squire Squire, Hackham and who’s the other one…? No, they’re not in Spain, they’re next to the phone in the study. Squire, Squire, Hackham, and hold on, I’ll go and look. Always the same, isn’t it. Soon as you take the weight off your feet, down it all comes on your head.


    Act 1, Scene 1


    • Authors / Creators: Michael Frayn
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