Dr Prentice who runs a private clinic interviews Geraldine to become his secretary. He asks her to take her clothes off and she obliges. Enter Mrs Prentice who complains that during her stay at a hotel, Nicholas Beckett tried to rape her. Nicholas comes in, holding obscene photographs of Mrs Prentice and attempting blackmail. Accusations fly around, dressing and undressing takes place, Sergeant Match comesto arrest Geraldine and Nicholas and psychiatrist Dr Rance alleges that Geraldine has inherited her craziness from her father. The play ends with the revelation that Geraldine and Nicholas are in fact twins and the long-lost children of the Prentices's. The family is thus reunited.
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW
by Joe Orton
Just before Joe Orton's untimely
death in 1967--at the hands of his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in one of
the most sensational crimes in literary history--the author of Entertaining
Mr. Sloane and Loot completed his last play. What the Butler Saw
is arguably the greatest farce of the 20th century, but it is also a classically
inspired satire of farce itself--and of the hypocrisy of modern society.
The most frenzied spirit of comedy is released when Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist
of dubious motivations, fumbles an attempt at seducing his new secretary.
No social pretense or sexual convention is spared the blade of Orton's
wit as the doctor scrambles to conceal his peccadillo from his carnally
rapacious wife, a nubile hotel pageboy, a ploddingpolice sergeant and most
of all the preposterous Dr. Rance, an intellectually overblown government
inspector who pays a surprise visit to Prentice's clinic. Hilarious
perversion and zany violence abounds in this madhouse, and we never even
encounter the patients! In line after dazzling line, the author builds
on the irreverent and brilliant achievement of his literary patron saint,
confirming Orton's lasting reputation as "the Oscar Wilde of [the] Welfare
Thanks to Nonie for the great pic!
this is nonie! i recently posted a japanese
article + pic from Kate's earlier play, What the Butler Saw.
hopefully you can use it for Winslet Whispers.
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