FAIRY TALES OF NEW YORK.
by DONLEAVY**, J. P:
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This play was first produced at the Pembroke Theatre-in-the-Round, Croydon,6 December with a cast of just four actors: Barry Foster,Robert Ayres,Harry Towb and Susan Hampshire and each playing several parts. It was an immediate success and Donleavy received the Evening Standard 'Most Promising Playwright Award'.
Milton Shulman wrote of it 'The writing is witty and sharp,the characters are brilliantly observed and the situations ping with authenticity.' Kenneth Tynan and the other critics were equally enthusiastic and the play was transferred complete with cast to the Comedy Theatre,London,24th January 1961.
J. P. Donleavy passed away in Ireland on September 14,2017 at the age of 91.
Returning from study abroad,Cornelius Christian enters customs with his luggage and his dead wife.His first encounter in New York is with a funeral director,with whom he reluctantly takes employment to pay for the burial expenses.In the course of his duties he meets the beautiful Fanny Sourpuss over her millionaire husband's dead body.However,his over-enthusiastic handling of his first corpse lands him in court.
Cornelius Christian wanders through the great sad cathedral that is New York,examining the human condition in all its comic pathos and lonely absurdity.Whether lingering in the Automat drinking from half empty coffee cups and stealing baked beans from the plates of customers who go looking for ketchup,or finding love on a street corner only to end up fighting his way out of a hooker's fists,Cornelius Christian,heroic anti-hero,sings of life's goodness in the wake of disaster.
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- R. J. A. PAXTON-DENNY. (GB)
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- FAIRY TALES OF NEW YORK.
- DONLEAVY**, J. P:
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- UK,12mo wraps,p/back Original,1st edn.
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