And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little

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by Paul Zindel
     
 

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Their father having deserted them in their childhood, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood; one sister has married and cut herself off; another has begun to drink more than she should; and the third, after a scandalous incident at the

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Their father having deserted them in their childhood, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house of women, dominated by their mother, who is only recently dead. But time has erased the tender closeness of girlhood; one sister has married and cut herself off; another has begun to drink more than she should; and the third, after a scandalous incident at the school where she teaches, is on the brink of madness. When the married sister comes to dinner to press the need for committing her sibling to an institution, the simmering resentments of many years burst alive and are exacerbated by the intrusion of a well-meaning but boorish neighbor couple, whose unexpected arrival impels the action towards its shattering conclusion�in which all the pathos, humor and searing honesty of the play combine with overwhelming effect.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
It is funny and fierce and, well, absolutely extraordinary.
Hollywood Reporter
...he has created three parts that most actresses would trade their souls to play.
Newsweek
In Paul Zindel we seem to have that rarity�a playwright who can write intelligent, sensitive, entertaining plays for a wide public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822200437
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1971
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
50.00(w) x 75.00(h) x 2.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this play, the three Reardon sisters have grown up in a house full of women, which was dominated by their mother. As time passes, the sisters grew more detached. Ceil has cut herself off and made her sisters hate her. Catherine has started drinking more than she should. And Anna is inches away from madness. After so many years of resentment, it is impossible to get back to the way they were. Paul Zindel's drama raises the question: that when life is full of dissappointments, wrongdoings, and our mistakes, can we ever manage to forgive each other? And can we forgive ourselves? This is a great play that I did for my high school Forensics (Speech) dramatic interpretation piece. I'd recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
And absolutely fantastic play about three troubled sisters trying to cope with the reality. Their mother passes away, and now they all must make ends meet. A well-wriiten script accompanies the ups and downs of life and also the bittersweet truth of how ironic the reality really is.