Glad Tidings

by  Edward Mabley

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 5f

"Delightful. The neatest of comedies, with a very amusing theme. There is nothing profound in any of this. No social questions are discussed, no hidden shames exposed. But you like everybody, you laugh deeply at their perplexities, you want them a…

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A light-hearted, sophisticated comedy starred Melvyn Douglas and Signe Hasso at the Lyceum Theatre in New York.

Brooks Atkinson describes it thus: "It is the story of a journalist who, on his return to America after twenty years absence, finds himself the father of a charming girl 19 years old. In his youth he had been in love with a motion-picture actress whom he had neglected to marry. Being a woman of independent spririt, she had brought up the daughter without notifying the father. To make things complex, the journalist is on the point of marrying another woman, and the actress has one more child by another man. But the germ of GLAD TIDINGS is the emotion of a middle-aged man who finds that he is the father of a very attractive, bright-minded maiden. He likes it. In fact, almost everyone likes it, including the audience." - New York Times

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"Delightful. The neatest of comedies, with a very amusing theme. There is nothing profound in any of this. No social questions are discussed, no hidden shames exposed. But you like everybody, you laugh deeply at their perplexities, you want them all to SFI Standard-FL Standard No Maybe No No Gladiatrix Gossip 2254-B Title Short Play Comedy Bare Stage/Simple Set Stage Combat Female: 2 BAK Standard-Coll Short No Maybe Glamorgan 9189 Title Full Length Play,Short Play Drama Unit Set/Multiple Settings 60 minutes (1 hour) No intermission College Theatre,Community Theatre,Professional Theatre,Shoestring Budget,Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups Adult,Teen (14" - 18) Mild Adult Themes Betrayal,Love,Memory 18th Century Not Applicable Period Costumes Not Applicable

One of the eccentric Pendragon plays, this darkly poetic drama tells of Jane Lamb's heritage of passion and madness through three generations. Owen Pendragon, the angry last Lord of Pendragon Castle, who has already buried three young wives, arouses first the pity and then the love of a beautiful servant girl. She dies giving birth to Mary, his child. Mary is mad and she burns the castle with Owen in it before fleeing to America with her schoolmaster, Zachary Lamb. The ghosts of Mary's parents haunt her; the madness returns and, in a series of breathtaking lurches through time and space, the play moves to a horrifying conclusion. The story is told as an intricately interwoven and highly theatrical nightmare that pulls you into a passionate, sardonic and darkly beautiful world.

Published in Glamorgan & Other Plays.

Male: 2 SFI Standard-FL Standard No Maybe No No Glamorgan and Other Plays 9190 Title Collection / Anthology This eight play collection is a diverse mixture of strangeness laced with dark humor and supernatural terror. The title play, Glamorgan, is an eerie, Gothic precursor to Nigro's long sequence of Pendragon County plays. There are three twisted monologues for women, one with an unborn sister trapped inside her skull (The Weird Sisters), one who finds herself giving birth to hundreds of squirrels (Squirrels), and one who obsessively builds a huge, surreal mansion to house the ghosts of all the persons killed by Winchester rifles (Within The Ghostly Mansion's Labyrinth). There is also another labyrinth play (Fair Rosamund And Her Murderer), the darkly comic tale of the famously beautiful mistress of King Henry II and her romance with the thief sent to her labyrinth to kill her, a tale of subtle but deadly betrayal involving The Benny Hill Show (Give Us A Kiss And Show Us Your Knickers), a tale of forbidden love and obsessive spinning between a Devil-worshipping brother and sister (Major Weir) and a powerful modern, realistic play about the passionate and dangerous encounter between an American journalist and a girl who has become a sniper in a war torn Balkan country (Necropolis). There's a little something for everyone here in this densely packed treasure chest of curiosities and horrors.

Fair Rosamund and Her Murderer
Give Us a Kiss and Show Us Your Knickers
Major Weir
The Weird Sisters
Within the Ghostly Mansion's Labyrinth SFI Tiered No Maybe No No Glass Menagerie, The 134 Title Full Length Play Drama Interior Male: 2 A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. SFI/PROF Stock Only Manual Yes Maybe Glasstown 9055 Title Full Length Play Drama Interior Male: 3 SFI Standard-FL Standard No Maybe Glengarry Glen Ross 9058 Title Full Length Play Dramatic Comedy Pulitzer This scalding comedy took Broadway and London by storm. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Revived on Broadway in 2006 this masterpiece of American drama became a celebrated film which starred Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin and Alan Arkin. Male: 7 Crackling tension… ferocious comedy and drama." - The New York Times "Wonderfully funny… A play to see, remember and cherish." - New York Post


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