Mar 27 2016

The Flattering Word



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The Flattering Word, by George Kelly (Comedy-Drama)

Production 23:
The Flattering Word, by George Kelly (Comedy-Drama)
Starring George Backman, Leslie Ann Story, Edie Talt, Frank Hotchkiss, Julie Holst and Loraine Hull Smithers
[Playing Time: 34:13]

(A famous actor visits a childhood friend, charms the neighbors and faces intolerance.)

George Kelly (1887-1974) was an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor, best known for his satiric comedies. Born in george-kelly-smallPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, he was the brother of Olympic champion sculler John B. Kelly, Sr. and the uncle of actress and later princess Grace Kelly. He began his career in vaudeville as an actor and sketch writer. Throughout his career, Kelly remained a realistic playwright: novelist Edward Maisel described him as “a simple moralist using the theatre for simple moral purposes.” Kelly’s plays are often dominated by characters of monstrous egotism, and he casts a harsh light on their shortcomings. He avoided sentimentality and depictions of romance. Arthur Willis noted “Kelly appears to be anti-love, anti-romantic love, certainly, and distrustful of the tender emotions.” His best-known plays include The Torchbearers, The Show-Off, Craig’s Wife and The Fatal Weakness.

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