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The Curious Savage

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  235 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs. Sava ...more
Paperback, Acting Edition, 78 pages
Published December 1st 1950 by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
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Feb 06, 2010 Terence rated it liked it
I was reminded of this play today because I wore the jersey my high school drama club created to promote our production of it in - I think - my junior year. (Yes, I am something of a clothes horse - I have items of apparel that are 20+ years old.)

I played Hannibal.

What made this play particularly special for my troupe was that our drama teacher (Mrs. Warren) usually stuck with large-ensemble, family-type stuff like "I Remember Mama" or "Our Town" because she wanted to include as many willing stu
Aug 23, 2008 Diana rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Diana by: Agnes Broberg
Shelves: american, drama
'I adore 'Macbeth': all that blood.'
Feb 08, 2014 Bt rated it liked it
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Review: I didn’t think this play was amazing, but I enjoyed it. It was sweet and funny. A couple of things in the play didn’t quite make sense to me, and I found the very end a little odd,
Apr 08, 2011 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays
An interesting look about the difference, or lack thereof, between sanity and insanity.
Destinee Laine
Jan 22, 2016 Destinee Laine rated it really liked it
This play has a great way of getting me involved in the story. Every good character had so many in depth details and "wow" moments that it feels like there should be a book for each of the characters. There are plot twists and dramatic moments layered with humor that makes the play so fun to read and probably way more entertaining to watch than others.
Jan 29, 2015 Colton rated it it was amazing
I'm performing this play for my senior year theater production. I love everything about this story, and it's characters.
Nov 19, 2014 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
So intriguing. My theatre teacher suggested it. Wonderful!
Jan 10, 2014 Kaci rated it it was amazing
This is one of my absolute favorite plays!! I found out today that I am playing Fairy Mae at my school and I am so excited! This play is hilarious and full of so many great, well-crafted lines! Each character is so nicely developed and the ending is so awesome! <>
Oct 01, 2013 Jen rated it it was amazing
I really like this play a lot!!! My favorite is Fairy May!!! This was the very first play that I have read that I have been able to participate in as my favorite character's understudy!!! Yay!!!:) This is really cute and it has several great themes and is very family friendly. That is one of the reasons that I like this play so much!!!
Apr 21, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theatre
i love this play. It's a bit didactic as far as the theme goes, but the characters are so incredible. The patients at the institute are so lovable and fun. So even though the message is a basic "don't be greedy, enjoy life and take chances on your dreams" kind of theme, it is delivered in such a sweet way.
Anton Dubrovskiy
Jan 13, 2011 Anton Dubrovskiy rated it it was amazing
Great story that shows how miserable people can be if they set their minds on money. The story tries to picture other people as insane (like Mrs. Savage and those who live in the Cloisters), but it is those money-loving people who actually are insane.
Maddy Jo
Jul 10, 2014 Maddy Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014, plays
I read this after I played Florence in my school's shortened version of the production. I sincerely wish we could have done the whole thing! This play is so sweet, and laugh out loud funny. I just love it!
Nov 10, 2013 Domenic rated it really liked it
One of the best comedies I've read. It's heartwarming, yet hysterical as well. Love the character development--you don't often see that in such a short dramedy. Good read!
Dec 27, 2008 Erik rated it liked it
This play was recommended by a colleague who had just seen it performed by a local High School. It might also make a good community theatre project.
Dave Cotton
May 13, 2013 Dave Cotton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theater
A truly heart-warming play that still touches audiences in the 21st century! One of Patrick's best.
I have produced/directed this twice.
Andrea Adams
Jul 05, 2010 Andrea Adams rated it it was amazing
I have done this production 2x. The first in 1988 as "Miss Willie". The 2nd in 2007 as "Mrs. Ethel Savage". Very wonderful story!
Nov 25, 2012 Thalia rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Reading Plays
Recommended to Thalia by: Ms. Lee
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Oct 31, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it
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A lovely, sweet play I had never heard of. Looking forward to performing it a year from now.
Jan 16, 2013 Meg rated it really liked it
An enjoyable 1950s themed play. I liked the gentle touch on writing th characters.
Mar 07, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it
A sweet play--a sort of comedic "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
Nov 03, 2011 Mallory rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-school
This play was so funny! I would love to see it performed live!
Jan 01, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-self
A cute story. My favorite character is Fairy May.
Apr 26, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
I get to be on the audition panel for this play!
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John Patrick Goggin was an American playwright and screenwriter.
Abandoned by his parents, he had a delinquent youth that he spend in foster homes and boarding schools. He married at 19 and got a job as an announcer at KPO Radio in San Francisco, California. After being a scriptwriter for the radio program Cecil
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