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The Uneasy Chair - Full Length Play

The Uneasy Chair

Evan Smith

Full Length Play

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822216995

Somewhere in the nineteenth century, Amelia Pickles, a prim and proper…

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Somewhere in the nineteenth century, Amelia Pickles, a prim and proper spinster of modest means, agrees to let out a room in her Victorian London establishment to a retired military man, Josiah Wickett. The arrangement seems to be working out until Mr. Wickett decides to play matchmaker with Miss Pickles' prissy niece Alexandrina, and his nephew, Darlington, an officer in the cavalry. Through a gross misinterpretation, Miss Pickles believes she, not Alexandrina, is the object of Mr. Wickett's, not Darlington's, affection. Miss Pickles is convinced Mr. Wickett will soon ask for her hand in marriage. When he denies, she decides to take her boarder to a court of law for breach of promise. Mr. Wickett loses the trial. Or does he win? He doesn't wish to pay Miss Pickles her settlement and instead he opts to marry the lonely woman. Through the musings, regrets, anecdotes, and comedic bickerings between their forced duet it seems as though just maybe they were meant to be together after all.
"Mr. Smith provides…scintillating imitations of period circumlocutions and Wildean epigrams." —NY Times. "In the UNEASY CHAIR…Evan Smith has created a bewitching little comedy of Victorian manners…Smith manages to convert a ridiculous situation into pure comedy made entrancing by its unerringly satirical command of the pompous lifestyle of middle-class Victorians." —NY Post.


3m, 2f


Evan Smith

Evan Smith's play Psych was first produced by Playwrights Horizons (New York City), as was The Uneasy Chair. Other plays: Servicemen was produced by The New Group (New York City); Daughters of Genius was premiered by 1812 Productions (Philadelphia); The Savannah Disputation was premiered by The Writers Theatre (Chicago). His one-act play Remedial English is available through Dramatists Play ... view full profile

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