OPEN[PLAY]Which is the Man?, by Cowley - thw

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Post by ToddHW » June 7th, 2022, 6:58 am

Which is the Man?, by Hannah Cowley (1743 - 1809)
"Oh! Lord Sparkle! - Who can resist the gay, the elegant, the all-conquering Lord Sparkle? The most distinguished feather in the plume of fashion - without that barbarous strength of mind which gives importance to virtues or to vices. Fashionable, because he's well drest: - Brilliant, because he's of the first Clubs, and uses his borrowed wit like his borrowed gold, as tho' it was his own." A delightful comedy by a quite successful woman playwright.
(Summary by ToddHW)
Let us party and make merry! NOTE: hopefully your merriment will not be dulled by the fact that this script has the old style "f"s for "s"s throughout. You can handle it - trust me!

See the nice things that Kitty's Lady Bell says about me in the summary above? Hopefully her DPL duties will not give her time to change her mind and stick a perhaps deserved knife in my back. (Just to confuse, Kitty is not playing Kitty. Got that?)

Gender neutral, of course, but dressing fancy is required for the big act 5 party scene.

Source text (please read only from this text!): https://archive.org/details/whichismanacome00hangoog

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Keywords that describe the book: high society, frauds

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Post by alanmapstone » June 7th, 2022, 8:36 am

May I read Pendragon?

4 new plays in 2 days :thumbs:
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Post by ToddHW » June 7th, 2022, 9:23 am

Thank you.

(Thanks actually to Sonia - having a DPL onboard is the most critical item required for a good play experience!)

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Post by Kitty » June 7th, 2022, 9:33 am

I can't believe I again have to grease your ego in this one Todd...I need to be more careful what roles I choose :lol:

But I won't change my mind: Lady Bell and DPL (that rhymes, so it can't be wrong)

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Post by GregGiordano » June 7th, 2022, 11:09 am

May I claim Fitzherbert?

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Post by ToddHW » June 7th, 2022, 11:47 am

Thank you.

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Post by alanmapstone » June 13th, 2022, 2:40 am

Alan
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Post by ToddHW » June 13th, 2022, 4:44 am

First file uploaded! Take a free audiobook as a reward.

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Post by Kitty » June 13th, 2022, 6:21 am

ah another society fop :lol: you play them to perfection, Alan, thank you. What blunders will he commit throughout the play I wonder. :mrgreen:

A few small notes this time:

> at 0:22: (p. 15) repeat "is this gentleman..." – you can cut one "is" at the beginning

> at 2:21: (p. 16) "that it is the most ungenteel thing in the world" – I think you say "ungentle", which is a bit of a difference in nuance, if I'm not mistaken

> from 5:11 to 5:15: (p. 18) between "Capital" and "never mount to a phrase" – you can cut the lengthy pause, it's all the same quote

> at 5:50: (p. 18) between "a nod" and "one may" – here you could leave a bit more space for the stage directions

thank you

Sonia

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Post by alanmapstone » June 13th, 2022, 11:19 pm

Pendragon act 2 revised

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_pendragon_2.mp3

I don't see Pendragon as a fop, more a slightly uncouth countryman from Cornwall who is new to London and comically misunderstands the manners and etiquette of London society.
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Post by Kitty » June 14th, 2022, 4:34 am

alanmapstone wrote:
June 13th, 2022, 11:19 pm
Pendragon act 2 revised
https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_pendragon_2.mp3

I don't see Pendragon as a fop, more a slightly uncouth countryman from Cornwall who is new to London and comically misunderstands the manners and etiquette of London society.
true, my mistake, "fop" is not the correct word, but the way you describe him was what I wanted to convey as well. I used the wrong word.

Act 2 is now PL ok. Excellent editing. Thank you

Sonia

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Post by Kitty » June 25th, 2022, 11:47 am

Here is the young widow, out for a good time:

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_2.mp3
Recording time: 4:06 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_3.mp3
Recording time: 3:09 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_4.mp3
Recording time: 4:01 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_5.mp3
Recording time: 5:34 min.

Lord Sparkle will be very surprised at the end, that all the flattery and frivolity was only show to get to the heart of the man she really loves :mrgreen: Sorry Todd, that my final comment to you will not be anywhere near the "king among men" repertoire....

Sonia

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Post by ToddHW » June 29th, 2022, 3:43 pm

Thank you. I look forward to listening tomorrow - I am just back home now.

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Post by ToddHW » July 1st, 2022, 10:32 am

Kitty wrote:
June 25th, 2022, 11:47 am
Here is the young widow, out for a good time:

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_2.mp3
Recording time: 4:06 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_3.mp3
Recording time: 3:09 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_4.mp3
Recording time: 4:01 min.

https://librivox.org/uploads/toddhw/whichistheman_ladybell_5.mp3
Recording time: 5:34 min.

Lord Sparkle will be very surprised at the end, that all the flattery and frivolity was only show to get to the heart of the man she really loves :mrgreen: Sorry Todd, that my final comment to you will not be anywhere near the "king among men" repertoire....

Sonia
Well, you are the saucy one! I fear no one will remember that I have been in the play at all in scenes wherein you speak. Very well done. All PL OK.

Thanks, Todd

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Post by Kitty » July 1st, 2022, 10:37 am

ToddHW wrote:
July 1st, 2022, 10:32 am
Well, you are the saucy one! I fear no one will remember that I have been in the play at all in scenes wherein you speak.
well you can pick up the gauntlet and try to outperform me :mrgreen:

Thank you for the nice review. Saucy is what I was aiming for (I think... :hmm: ) in any case I had a good time recording this. :lol:

Sonia

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