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Seven Famous One-Act Plays by John Ferguson
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Seven Famous One-Act Plays

First published in 1953.

This is an enjoyable read. There are definitely common themes such as money can’t buy happiness, throughout the book. The plays are clever and witty and although some are purely of their time, they are very entertaining.

A Villa for Sale by Sacha Guitry.

Juliette is desperate to sell her villa as she has fallen on hard times. Jeanne would like to buy it and let her family have the use of it. Jeanne’s husband is not impressed by the villa but is shrewd enough to grab a good financial deal when offered.

This is an enjoyable play to read with some impressive trickery involved.

We Were Dancing by Noel Coward

This play evokes a world long gone. It is the story of two illicit affairs, one of which is discovered and the consequences thereof.

Louise Charteris says she is in love with a newcomer to their club, Karl Sandys. The relationship between Louise and her husband, Hubert, is examined publicly and found to be wanting but is Louise really in love with Karl?

Master Dudley by Philip Johnson

Creepy, very creepy. Many signposts are placed along the way in this story of murder, deceit and intrigue. This is not one to read on a dark and lonely night.

The essential questions are whether Master Dudley did indeed kill two girls and whether the women in his life believe in his innocence or not?

Interlude by Paul Vincent Carroll

This is a real moral tale addressing the idea that wealth does not always provide happiness.

Judy Tippin tries to use her knowledge of his past to influence Mr Farrelly to absolve her of her debt to him. In doing so she helps to bring back many memories, some of which he would rather not remember.

A Husband for Breakfast by Ronald Elwy Mitchell.

A very clever and funny play, this is my favourite play in the book.

Moses Roberts buys Isaiah Jones’ wife, Aholibah, for a half a crown in a drunken deal. When the witnesses to the deal appear at Aholibah’s door the next morning to see if Moses Roberts will come and claim his prize, they are in for some real entertainment. Moses Roberts is no match for the quick-witted Aholibah and the spectators are no help to Moses either.

The Rose in the Cloister by Margaret Luce

A play that, I feel, raises more questions than it answers. Is this the sharp end of love? What brave or silly things do we do, or ask others to do in the name of love?

Silvestro feels the need to prove his love to Francesca. Although the monk in the play tells the people if they have sin in their hearts and pick the last rose on the tree they will die. Silvestro discovers courage is worth more than wealth.

The Will by J.M. Barrie

The playwright tackles many themes in a very short space of time. The play is a commentary on how money may not always bring you happiness. It reflects on how life can take unexpected twists and turns and we should enjoy the happiness we have at this moment. The transition from the old looking after the young to vice versa is poignantly covered.

Philip Ross and his wife appear at the door of Mr Devizes’ law office. Although young and poor they wish to make a will. Throughout their lifetimes they create wealth and the need for new wills. Each time they visit Mr Devizes until eventually they work with his son when Mr Devizes retires. The ending is not what anyone, least of all Mr and Mrs Ross, expect.


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Reading Progress

November, 2018 – Started Reading
Finished Reading
November 15, 2018 – Shelved

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