Never has the celebrated author of Butley and Otherwise Engaged been more amusing and more touching than in this thoroughly delightful portrait of a mediocre but lovable English schoolteacher named St. John Quartermaine and his fellow faculty at a small school in Cambridge which teaches English to foreigners.
"A play that is at once full of doom and gloom and bristling with wry, even uproarious comedy. The mixture is so artfully balanced that we really don't know where the laughter ends and the tears begin: the playwright is in full possession of that Checkhovian territory where the tragedies and absurdities become one and the same.... The brave little lives that Mr. Gray so compassionately illuminates could be lived by any of us, and that's why they arouse emotions that are anything but small." - N.Y. Times.
"A lovely play has brushed with the unexpected laughter and autumnal sorrow of life." - Newsday.
"Compassionate and funny." - Variety.