While a raffishly charming poet is in America to consult with his publisher and to attend the dedication of a hospital wing to the memory of his late wife, his publisher's secretary determines to marry him. Beneath all his charm, the poet is insecure. His public image of having written beautiful and tremendously successful verses on the death of his wife and then turning in sorrow to drink is a facade. He fears that he did not love her at all, and he refuses to attend the dedication. The secretary forces a confrontation with the truth, and from the pages of the loving wife's diary comes the hope of peace at last.
"A thoroughly delightful evening. . . . Not only steadily funny but remarkably touching." - N.Y. Post.
Poor Richard premiered on Broadway at the Hellen Hayes Theatre in December 1964 under the direction of Peter Wood.