In his early fifties Steven Gaye, who is famous for writing comedies, has written the tragedy of an old man who loves a young girl. Although he is enthusiastic about it, he realizes that something is spurious in the construction. When he impulsively decides to abandon playwriting for good, and gives his secretary notice, she takes her dismisal with ill grace. She blurts out that she is in love with him. As a man he is flattered and interested. But Steven has been a playwright too long not to have detached interest in the problem of making life fit the theatre, and a large part of his interest in his secretary is the light she throws upon the problem of his play. By lifting his secretary's avowal intact he removes the one false note in his tragedy. He falls in love with her. Although she loves him, he is not without rivals.
"What hasn't gone out of fashion is Raphaelson's knack for presenting recognizably amusing figures and his gift for witty one-liners..." - TheatreMania, Read More
"This little gem of tangled relationships based on a playwright's maneuvering of human emotions strikes chords in all areas." - New York Theatre Guide, Read More
Check out these photos from the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Accent on Youth in April 2009.
Accent on Youth premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in December of 1934 under the direction of Benn W. Levy.