The Holdup

The Holdup

by Marsha Norman
     
 
In 1914 in a remote shack on the New Mexico prairie, two young brothers, Archie and Henry Tucker, await the eventual arrival of a wheat threshing crew. Instead they are visited by "The Outlaw," a grizzled, aging gunfighter who has shot his injured horse. They are also joined by Lily, a former dance hall girl who now owns the biggest hotel in town and a new car. Henry,

Overview

In 1914 in a remote shack on the New Mexico prairie, two young brothers, Archie and Henry Tucker, await the eventual arrival of a wheat threshing crew. Instead they are visited by "The Outlaw," a grizzled, aging gunfighter who has shot his injured horse. They are also joined by Lily, a former dance hall girl who now owns the biggest hotel in town and a new car. Henry, the hot-headed older brother, is also an avid student of western lore. After recognizing that The Outlaw is indeed the genuine article, he pumps him for stories of his glory days and then, to his fatal regret, tries to beat him to the draw. After Henry's demise the action moves back and forth from high comedy to affecting sentiment. Lily consoles Archie by indoctrinating him into the rewarding mysteries of sex, as The Outlaw, in a rare fit of repentance, makes a stab at committing suicide. Now with his first flush of manhood, Archie decides to go off to battle in World War I, while The Outlaw�cowed at last�meekly follows Lily off to her shiny Buick and to what promises to be a very different life indeed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822205241
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1999
Pages:
73
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >