Goodbye, My Fancy

by  Fay Kanin

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  8m, 12f

"An adult play with laughter on the surface and underneath, a fierce, almost frightening cry for common sense." - New York Journal American

"It is amusing, it is likeable, and it is certainly on the side of the angels." - New York Post

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Goodbye, My Fancy

by  Fay Kanin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 12f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A Broadway hit about a liberal Congresswoman who returns to her old school as an honorary visitor. Since her wartime experiences in Europe, she has devoted herself to the task of acquainting people with the horrors of war. That is why she has brought a documentary with her to be shown to the young graduates. The movie is considered harsh and improper by the trustees, so she has a fight on her hands. The conflict exposes the university president as a spineless and irresolute figure, instead of the upstanding and outspoken professor with whom Miss Reed thought she had been in love with for so many years. The disenchantment drives her into the arms of a wartime acquaintance who, as a photographer, has come to cover the event.
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Reviews

"An adult play with laughter on the surface and underneath, a fierce, almost frightening cry for common sense." - New York Journal American

"It is amusing, it is likeable, and it is certainly on the side of the angels." - New York Post

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The entire action of the play takes place over Commencement weekend in early June, 1948, in a dormitory of Good Hope College for Women in Good Hope, Massachusetts.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

8m, 12f
GINNY MERRILL
AMELIA
CLARISSE
MARY NELL
MISS SHACKLEFORD
JANITORS
TELEPHONE MAN
SUSAN
GRACE WOODS
AGATHA REED
ELLEN GRISWOLD
PROF. BRIDESHAW
CAROL
JO
DR. PITT
JAMES MERRILL
PROF. DINGLEY
MATT COLES
CLAUDE GRISWOLD
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Fay Kanin

Fay Kanin (1917-2013) was an American writer for film, television, and the stage and was the first female President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to serve a full term. Her writinghas been awarded 3 Emmy awards (Tell Me Where it Hurts, Best Writing in Drama,1974; Writer ...

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Goodbye, Mr Fancy was first presented on Broadway by Michael Kanin in association with Richard Aldrich and Richard Myers at the Morosco Theatre in New York City on November 17, 1948.

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