Full Length Play
Adaptations (Literature), Period
Time Period - 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - In and around Fort Smeed, Georgia, spring to winter, 1942.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Exterior Set
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
A fine, innocent young boy ends up in the wrong army. Any army is wrong for him. Placed in charge of 39 men, he picked up his bag, said follow me, and marched off to camp—all by himself. He's an eager beaver who's always volunteering and always on KP. He meets and falls in love with a canteen girl, but is too innocent to see that she does more than hold hands with others. He has no fighting heart, and is a complete failure at bayonet drill. The captain sends him home on emergency leave, then sends the sergeant to arrest him. The returning scene, in the men's room on a train is extremely funny, with the drunken sergeant handcuffing the recruit to an innocent air cadet, who is literally railroaded to the wrong camp. The Captain courtmartials the recruit as the unit is pulling out for the war zone. It was his way of saving such innocence for a better world.
"It sets a fast and funny pace." - New York Mirror
"Many of Kinoy's lines are brilliant." - New York World-Telegram & Sun
"Excellent moments in both its dramatic and comic phases. " - New York Post
"Many scenes of high good humor." - New York Journal-American
Something About a Soldier was first presented at the Ambassador Theatre in New York on January 4th, 1962, by the Theatre Guild and Dore Schary.