~OPEN[PLAY]A Night Off; or A Page From Balzac, by Daly et al - thw

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 15th, 2021, 12:05 am

"A Night Off; or A Page From Balzac", by Augustin Daly (1838 - 1899), Franz von Schönthan (1849 - 1913) et al."
The Professor has unearthed a play that he wrote back in his University days. He has read it to his housekeeper while his wife was away at the expensive spa ... she disapproves of the theatre ... and said housekeeper was so fascinated by it that when a travelling dramatic troupe manager lobs into town, the Professor is receptive to the manager's manipulative and unscrupulous offer to put on his play.

Meanwhile, one of the Professor's daughters has chanced across a page from Balzac which states "Every bride that lives if she could but know the past and secret life of her husband would renounce him even at the steps of the altar." Her husband, a real Boy Scout of a man, gets sick and tired of her pestering him to "reveal his sordid past" to her, and substitutes the actual past of his visiting University buddy, so that she'll leave off. His wife is then so enraptured by her milktoast husband's supposed womaniser past that ...

(Summary by Son of the Exiles)
Source text (please read only from this text!): https://archive.org/details/nightofforpagefr00dalyiala/page/n4/mode/1up

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"Sorry, my tongue got in the way of my eye-tooth, and I couldn't see what I was saying..."

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 15th, 2021, 12:06 am

DRAMATIS PERSONS

JUSTINIAN BABBITT, Professor of Ancient History and Writer of Execrable Plays. - ToddHW

HARRY DAMASK, Professor’s son-in-law. Straight-laced, no-foolin’-about-that-lad type of a guy. realisticspeakers

JACK MULBERRY, in pursuit of fortune, under the name of Chumley. OPEN

LORD MULBERRY, in pursuit of Jack. alanmapstone

MARCUS BRUTUS SNAP, in pursuit of fame and fortune, under various legitimate aliases. SonoftheExiles

PROWL, usher at the university. OPEN

MRS. ZANTIPPA BABBITT, Professor of conjugal management in the Professor's household. Despite being something in the line of a Queen Victoria "We Are Not Amused” type, she is “Zippy” to her husband. Kitty

NISBE, the Professor’s younger daughter. jennlea

ANGELICA DAMASK, the Professor’s older daughter. EltonTheSnowman

SUSAN, servant at Babbitt’s. Believes the Professor to be a brilliant playwright. wib66

MARIA, servant at Damask's. OPEN

DPL - OPEN

Editor - CurlyM
Last edited by SonOfTheExiles on May 26th, 2021, 12:54 am, edited 7 times in total.
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Post by EltonTheSnowman » May 15th, 2021, 12:12 am

Hi Chris,
Swooping in to claim Angelica Damask. :)
Matea Bracic

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 15th, 2021, 12:48 am

EltonTheSnowman wrote:
May 15th, 2021, 12:12 am
Hi Chris,
Swooping in to claim Angelica Damask. :)
Thank you, Matea, signing you up!

Cheers,
Chris
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Post by alanmapstone » May 15th, 2021, 1:39 am

Lord Mulberry please!

After all he is an Englishman 👍
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 15th, 2021, 1:57 am

alanmapstone wrote:
May 15th, 2021, 1:39 am
Lord Mulberry please!

After all he is an Englishman 👍
Thanks, Alan, signing you up.

Cheers,
Chris
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Post by jennlea » May 15th, 2021, 4:47 am

Hi Chris! May I claim Nisbe?
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Post by wib66 » May 15th, 2021, 5:08 am

Would love to play Susan please

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Post by ToddHW » May 15th, 2021, 8:58 am

May I play The Professor?

And I will MC. Setting up MW now.

EDIT: MW ready for claims

Thanks, Todd

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Post by realisticspeakers » May 15th, 2021, 10:11 am

I'd like to portray Harry, please?
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 15th, 2021, 4:14 pm

Thank you, everyone, signing you all up!

Cheers,
Chris
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Post by Kitty » May 16th, 2021, 4:23 am

can I be Zippy :mrgreen: I haven't read the play at all yet (quite unusual for me before I claim) but I'll venture in blind this time...let's see whether Todd or me will have the upper hand in this household this time.

Sonia

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Post by ToddHW » May 16th, 2021, 4:54 am

No! No! No! No!

Yes, of course dear. What was I thinking?

The Professor

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 16th, 2021, 7:26 pm

Kitty wrote:
May 16th, 2021, 4:23 am
can I be Zippy :mrgreen: I haven't read the play at all yet (quite unusual for me before I claim) but I'll venture in blind this time...let's see whether Todd or me will have the upper hand in this household this time.

Sonia
ToddHW wrote:
May 16th, 2021, 4:54 am
No! No! No! No!

Yes, of course dear. What was I thinking?

The Professor
Signing you up, Zippy-Kitty!

Poor Todd! As the play progresses, Zippy rules him with an iron hand. Then with a wooden foot. And finally with a piece of string.

(Old Time Radio fans who recognise that gag, kindly keep shtum. :wink: )

Thanks,
Chris
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Post by Kitty » May 16th, 2021, 11:22 pm

SonOfTheExiles wrote:
May 16th, 2021, 7:26 pm
As the play progresses, Zippy rules him with an iron hand. Then with a wooden foot. And finally with a piece of string.
(Old Time Radio fans who recognise that gag, kindly keep shtum. :wink: )
I am not an old time radio fan, so this reference is totally lost on me :lol:

Sonia

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