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THE 191 – Critique 1

The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage by John Patrick is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately ten million dollars. The primary purpose of the play is it bring satire between the two opposing families: Mrs. Savage’s stepchildren and the inmates. The Fairfield High school presented a 3 act play on November 1 at 7:30 pm behind the back doors of the Kathleen Sullivan Studio Theatre. Act 1 consisted of two scenes: “Night” and “The Next Morning.” Act II also consisted of two scenes: “That Night After Dinner” and “A Few Nights Later.” The Final Act was “A Few Minutes Later.” The entrance fee was $8 and the stage and audience area was intimate. The setting was stationary – living room of “The Cloisters.” The play was directed by Mindy Reed. The actors/actresses are Laura Smith as Florence, Chase Baeehle as Hannibal, Sydney Martin as Fairy May, Jordan Owens as Jeffrey, Brittaney Gibson as Mrs. Paddy, Connor Bernard as Titus, David Hurt as Samuel, Abigail James as Lily Belle, Victoria Detcher as Ethel, Desiree Thompson as Miss Wilhelmina and Anthony Johnson as Dr. Emmett.

In Act 1, the play opens up with the 5 guests in the living room where they are sitting or standing in different locations of each other. Fairy May looks at the mirror because she believes she is a person of great beauty. Jeff, who is a concert pianist and veteran sits by the piano, but always has his hand up against his face because he is scarred from the war. Florence is on the couch holding a doll as if it were her son. Hannibal stands close to the piano and plays the violin and Mrs. Paddy who has been told by her husband to shut up rarely speaks. She only blurts out things in a list quickly that she hates. Then Mrs. Savage, who is the widow of a millionaire, arrives with her 4 step children (Ethel, Titus, Samuel, and Lily Belle). Her step children try to take her money, but she tells the doctor that she...
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