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The Simple Truth - Full Length Play

The Simple Truth

Carl Allensworth

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5m, 5f

ISBN: 9780822210290

Emmett Harper is so impressed by the minister's sermon on honesty that…

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Emmett Harper is so impressed by the minister's sermon on honesty that he resolves to turn over a new leaf and be completely truthful no matter what is asked of him. This poses problems at work, in his father-in-law's grocery store, where Emmett is obliged to admit to customers that the bread is stale and the oranges and grapefruit could be juicier. But the real problems come up later at dinner with his family, when Emmett confesses to his new bride, Nancy, that he hates her kidney stew and always has. Nancy goes off in tears of confusion, as she had assumed that this was one of his favorites. Emmet's truthfulness soon becomes contagious and infects the whole family, which threatens to tear the household apart. It's Emmett's father-in-law, though, whose ultimate truth about his daughter's pregnancy, turns out to bring them all back together.
A delightful examination of the hilarious complications which result when a young New Englander decides to speak the truth and nothing but the truth—all the time.


5m, 5f


Carl Allensworth

Carl Allensworthwas born in Ohio on July 19, 1908 and was a graduate of Oberlin College. His work was presented on Broadway and on television. Allensworth was best known for his 1941 Broadway comedy Village Green, published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Allensworth died of a heart attack on October 23, 1991 in the United Hospital Medical Center in Port Chester, N.Y. at the age of 83. He is ... view full profile

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