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Two Fools Who Gained a Measure of Wisdom - Full Length Play

Two Fools Who Gained a Measure of Wisdom

Tim Kelly

Full Length Play

1m, 3f

ISBN: 9780822211822

A young husband is forced to visit the country estate of his rich aunt…

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A young husband is forced to visit the country estate of his rich aunt—somewhere in the vast reaches of rural Russia. She is an eccentric and dislikable tyrant, and the nephew is nervous and upset because he fears the old lady will shame him in front of his shy, gentle bride. Their first contact is with the maid, who is disagreeable and rude, and the meeting with the aunt turns into a hilarious romp, as she talks to herself, smokes a cigar, and proves to have very few inhibitions, to say the least. The groom is certain his bride will be shocked into leaving him, but then she confesses her own dark secret—her relatives are, if anything, even worse! Anton Chekhov's blend of laughter and sentiment, and his uncanny perception of the interior workings of men and women are delightfully captured in the adaptation, and make this short play a gem of rich humor and characterization. The running time of the play is about twenty minutes.
After Anton Chekhov's short story Nothing to Choose Between Them. A clever and engaging short comedy which deals with a timeless situation: a young husband's fear that his eccentric relatives will embarrass him in front of his bride. Highly recommended for play contest use.


1m, 3f

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flower at New York's Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston's Image Theatre, and ... view full profile

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