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Quality Street - Full Length Play, Comedy

Quality Street

J. M. Barrie

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 9f

ISBN: 9780573614521

Quality Street is a cup of exquisite comic delight. Set in England, about 1800, it is alive with elegant humor and wit. There are several maiden women in the action, some of them a bit sour and curiously officious. But the one named Phoebe, with the plain face, is a sparkling lass whose hea…

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Quality Street is a cup of exquisite comic delight. Set in England, about 1800, it is alive with elegant humor and wit. There are several maiden women in the action, some of them a bit sour and curiously officious. But the one named Phoebe, with the plain face, is a sparkling lass whose heart flutters for a bachelor by the name of Valentine, who is expected on a visit. Sadly we learn, Valentine, has come back not to propose to Miss Phoebe but to announce his enlistment in the Napoleonic wars. And Phoebe and her sister have met economic misfortune by teaching at a primary school. Rejuvenated by his return, Phoebe in a carefree moment discards her prim clothes and expression, and becomes a gay young girl, extravagant with her smiles, as well as with her dances at the military balls. The transformation is so complete that Phoebe is mistaken for a fictitious niece. The deception increases the merriment and produces many sudden changes of the plot. Valentine discovers his love for Phoebe, and then fortunately discovers the precarious plot in time to save it from the mischievous women. Surely this is one of the most endearing and enduring of all comedies.
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J. M. Barrie

J. M. Barrie

J.M. Barrie was a Scottish dramatist, best known for writing Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Never Grow Up in 1904. The son of Scottish weavers, he moved to London to pursue his interest in becoming a playwright, where he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired his masterpiece.  James Matthew Barrie was born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh ... view full profile

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amanda volpenhein 12/26/2013 1:18 PM
Delightful and obscure.  If you're looking for a style piece that is not one of the "go to" plays usually performed, this is a good choice.  While it is a little archaic, the charm and the central message is relevant.  It offers opportunities for actors to cultivate accents, mannerisms, and attitudes of the Regency era.  It provides rich opportunities for costuming and simple or complex set design.  The cast size, content, and message is ideal for high schools who are looking for something different than the usual blockbuster mannered comedies.

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