Playreaders meet every Monday from 2-3 pm in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so that we can meet and greet you.
THE FIRST PLAY
On July 15th and 22th Cynthia Corn will present The Complaisant Lover by Graham Greene. Readers are Maurine Christ, Cynthia Corn, John Dolan, Pete Folkens, Dennis Hall, Al Johnson, Hal McCown, Pat Thelen, Ron White and Ginna Zoellner
The Complacent Lover is an English comedy about a love triangle. The husband, Victor, has a fondness for practical jokes and a total commitment to his profession, dentistry. His wife, Mary, is attractive, upper middle-class, basically an honest soul though she engages in dalliance. The lover, Clive, is a book dealer, who prefers other men’s wives.
Having discovered that he has been betrayed, Victor pleads with to Mary to stay and Mary clarifies that prefers to have her cake and eat it too. So to gratify her wishes, there must be not only a complaisant husband, but the lover, as well. In the English way “The Complaisant Lover” talks about sex without heat and outrages morality with scarcely the tinkle of a teacup.
The Complaisant Lover was thought to be one of the versatile author’s “entertainments.” It is shocking without raising its voice and plays tricks with conventional ideas of morality.
Graham Greene (1904 –1991) was an English novelist regarded by many as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. He was shortlisted, in 1966 and 1967, for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Through 67 years of writings, which included over 25 novels, movies and plays, he explored the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world.
THE SECOND PLAY
On July 29th and August 3rd Ron White will present Better Late by Larry Gelbart. Readers are Charley Ensley, Al Johnson, Ron White, Sandy White and Malcolm Wing.
In the play Julian is forced to move in with his ex-wife and her new husband in order to recuperate from a sudden illness. With each passing day, their awkward situation spirals further and further out of control. As the laughter builds, the question becomes: how long will Julian have to stay? This is a bitingly funny December-December-December romance. Better Late in many ways is a fable of forgiveness: most of us never work up the courage to seize the moments in which amends can be offered and accepted, and the infraction healed.
THE PLAYWRIGHT Gelbart (1928-2009) wrote for Danny Thomas, Jack Paar, Bob Hope, Red Buttons and Sid Caesar. He was one of the main forces behind the creation of the television series M*A*S*H and his best known screen work is Tootsie. He co-wrote the long-running Broadway musical farce A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His multiple awards include a Tony Award for A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum, and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1974 for M*A*S*H.