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The play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ...
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Overview

The play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.
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Having one good play to his credit, William Inge now has another play, PICNIC...and memorable though was three seasons ago, PICNIC is a notable improvement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822208921
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1955
  • Edition description: Play
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 77
  • Sales rank: 370,091

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Lia

    Laughs." What could be better than this?" I walk out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    To wes

    Not Conn. Connor McCormick. Thats who she demanded. She said to tell you to tell him to get on at dubliner please. Shes threatening to freeze everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    Wes

    'Easy spending more time with u' i mumble smiling and walking out after cleaning up the mess

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Get out!!!!!

    BoneClan territory!!!! Stay out twolegs!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Hidy

    U on?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Im at our book.

    Hiccup

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    Amazing

    I've just recently read this play because we are about to perform it in our high school. I wanted to get a head start on the audition so I read it and I love it. I'm going for the part of Hal. He is an awesome character. I love Madge and Rosemary, her outburst is amazing. I love the play because it is dramatic but not overly dramatic and it is romantic, which I love. It is very well written and I'm looking forward to being in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    another former drama student

    i, too, read/acted out this play in high school. i played the part of 'rosemary' and felt that i could relate to the women of this play very well. to be honest, this was my favorite play we did all year. the writing is great, imaginative. i'd like to read/act it out again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 1999

    Loved it!

    Our drama department at my highschool put on the play. I then had to read this play for language arts. It was the perfect romance.

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