The Private Ear

by  Peter Shaffer

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 1f

"Delightful ... are deftly contrived, cheerfully entertaining." - N.Y. Herald Tribune.

Produced on Broadway and in London with The Public Eye, this is a tender account of a rueful romance.

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The Private Ear

by  Peter Shaffer

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    2m, 1f

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Produced on Broadway and in London with The Public Eye, this is a tender account of a rueful romance. The boy has invited to his hovel for dinner a girl he met at a concert. In the interim he has romanticized her as another Venus, and not to appear gauche, he has asked his man about town friend to coach him. When the girl arrives, she is a very common sort and he is awkward to the point of clumsiness, and destroys the mood. She slaps him for trying to kiss her forcibly. She departs, and he returns to his record, now badly scratched, and the curtain descends on a broken love song.

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"Delightful ... are deftly contrived, cheerfully entertaining." - N.Y. Herald Tribune.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $100 with companion piece

Production

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  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: Bob's bed-sitting-room in Belsize Park on a summer evening.

Casting

2m, 1f
TED
BOB
DOREEN
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Peter Shaffer

Sir Peter Shaffer, in full Sir Peter Levin Shaffer (born May 15, 1926, London, Eng.), British playwright of considerable range who moved easily from farce to the portrayal of human anguish.Educated at St. Paul’s and Trinity College, Cambridge, Shaffer first worked for a music publisher and then as a book reviewer. His ...

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Originally produced with The Public Eye by H.M. Tennent at the Globe Theatre in London on May 10, 1962.

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