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Love and How To Cure It - Short Play, Comedy

Love and How To Cure It

Thornton Wilder

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Short Play, Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9781559361316

This melodramatic comedy is set in SoHo, London, on the stage of the Tivoli Palace of Music in April of 1895. A young man is hopelessly in love with a teenage music-hall dancer who can't stand him, thinks he is stalking her (which he is), and fears that he is going to shoot her (which he isn't). 

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

30 minutes

Time Period - 19th Century

Settings Of Play -  SoHo, London, on the stage of the Tivoli Palace of Music in April of 1895

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This melodramatic comedy is set in SoHo, London, on the stage of the Tivoli Palace of Music in April of 1895. A young man is hopelessly in love with a teenage music-hall dancer who can't stand him, thinks he is stalking her (which he is), and fears that he is going to shoot her (which he isn't). Because she rejects him, he decides to kill himself. The girl's aunt, an actress and singer, and their friend, an over-the-hill comedian still mourning the death of his wife, try to intervene to "cure" him, and at the same time, teach the thwarted lover what true love really means. This is one of Wilder's many treatments of unrequited love.

"A laugh at sex is a laugh at destiny. And the stage is peculiarly fitted to be its home. There A woman is so quickly All Women. What more telling ratification could be found of my favorite principle that the characters on the stage tend to figure as generalizations, that the stage burns and longs to express a timeless individualized Symbol. The accumulation of fictions-fictions as time, as place, as character-is forever tending to reveal its true truth: man, woman, time, place." -Thornton Wilder, Journal, October 29, 1940.


Such Things Only Happen in Books was first produced November 25, 1931, at the Yale University theater in New Haven, Connecticut, by the Yale Dramatic Association and the Vassar College Philalethis, with The Long Christmas Dinner, Love and How to Cure It, and The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 2f

LINDA - 16, a dancer
JOEY WESTON - a comedian
ROWENA STOKER - a comedic actress and singer, Linda's aunt
ARTHUR WARBURTON - Linda's admirer
Author
Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book ... view full profile

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Rob Zienta 12/18/2013 2:08 PM
Very clever. A good brain tease.

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