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The Curious Savage
     

The Curious Savage

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by John Patrick
 
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs.

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Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. The last scene, a farewell party, is a delightful fantasy where each "guest" in the sanatorium realizes at last some hopeless dream for something he was never able to realize. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822202608
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Sales rank:
434,177
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.10(d)

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The Curious Savage 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comming from somone who acted in the play I would say it is fantastic. I had to look over, read it, and memorise it every day for seven weeks. Still through all that it never dulled me, and it always stayed interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This play is so touching... I was Miss Willie in it, and trust me, you'll fall in love imediatly with the endearing and hilarious characters... There's something for everyone: Laughs, Tears, and a moral... an inside look at humanity in its purest form.... Trust me, you won't regret buying it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trust me, to read/perform this play is to fall in love with it. I was lucky enough to be in a wonderful production of this humorous, yet touching play. It seems to say different things to everyone, but everyone finds it wonderful. You'll find yourself relating to the characters immeadiatly, and find yourself at tears and laughing for them. Believe me, you won't regret reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome play. It is so funny. It puts together everyone with different problems, into a funny comedy with twists and turns even I didn't expect. Highly recommended for school plays or joy reading.