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The first of many confrontations between Molly Egan, a feisty, salty-tongued activist nun in her early sevenities and District Court Judge Henry Pulaski, a conservative jurist in his sixties, occurs when she appears in his courtroom after being arrested for picketing a local arms research laboratory. Molly is a tough survivor who refuses to accept the notion that her destiny—and that of the civilized world—is something over which she has no control; Henry is a man devoted to logic and the law, who believes that ...
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1986 Gibson, William. HANDY DANDY. Dramatists Play Services, c1986. 57pp. sm. 8vo. fine bright paperback with uncreased spine.

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The first of many confrontations between Molly Egan, a feisty, salty-tongued activist nun in her early sevenities and District Court Judge Henry Pulaski, a conservative jurist in his sixties, occurs when she appears in his courtroom after being arrested for picketing a local arms research laboratory. Molly is a tough survivor who refuses to accept the notion that her destiny—and that of the civilized world—is something over which she has no control; Henry is a man devoted to logic and the law, who believes that vigils and protests are counterproductive. But as Molly is hauled back into his court again and again. Henry begins to develop a grudging respect for her courage and spirit, and eventually the two begin to hear each other out on a personal as well as professional level. Molly, who had three husbands and four abortions before becoming a nun, proves to have not only a strong sense of purpose but also a wise, compassionate heart; and Henry, widowed and alienated from his only son, is both lonely and vulnerable behind his stern exterior. In the end, weakened by a protest fast, Molly dies—but her sacrifice, if only because of the change it works in her onetime adversary and eventual admirer, is not in vain.
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Editorial Reviews

F. G. Barnstable Record
Powerful, emotionally draining, liberally laced with humor.
NY Newsday
...an exhilarating piece of theatre.
Troy NY Times Record
Gibson's script is funny and sad by turns, and moves briskly...an entertaining and moving play.
Variety
...a charming and poignant drama about two resilient personalities who nurture each other in the face of nuclear annihilation...deals with a weighty theme in a simple, unself-conscious way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822204954
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1986
  • Pages: 57

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