|03-29-2012, 05:48 AM||#1|
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Tarkington, Booth: Harlequin and Columbine. v1. 29 March 2012
First published 1921. This short novella takes us backstage during rehearsal of new playwright Stewart Canby's painstakingly crafted masterpiece. Talbot Potter, tempermental leading man and owner of the acting company producing the play, insists on rewrites to show his character in a better light. The play is galloping away from its original premise, and Canby is panicking. Enter beautiful ingénue Wanda Malone — Potter is infatuated; Canby is smitten; even Potter's manager, old Mr. Tinker, is enchanted by her. Now Potter wants the ingénue’s rôle expanded...
A humorous tale with an unexpected ending.
This was a fast, fun read. Hope you think so too!
One frontispiece illustration. Drop caps.
|fiction, humor, romance, stagecraft|
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