The Curious Savage

The Curious Savage John Patrick
  • Title: The Curious Savage
  • Author: John Patrick
  • ISBN: 9780822202608
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Curious Savage John Patrick The Curious Savage 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 th
    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 SavaMrs 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.
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    About John Patrick


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.John Patrick Goggin was an American playwright and screenwriter.Abandoned by his parents, he had a delinquent youth that he spend in foster homes and boarding schools He married at 19 and got a job as an announcer at KPO Radio in San Francisco, California After being a scriptwriter for the radio program Cecil and Sally he began writing screenplays, and later he turned to writing screenplays.On November 7, 1995 he committed suicide.


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    1. I was reminded of this play today because I wore the jersey my high school drama club created to promote our production of it in I think my junior year Yes, I am something of a clothes horse I have items of apparel that are 20 years old I played Hannibal.What made this play particularly special for my troupe was that our drama teacher Mrs Warren usually stuck with large ensemble, family type stuff like I Remember Mama or Our Town because she wanted to include as many willing students as possible [...]

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    2. I adore Macbeth all that blood.

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    3. An interesting look about the difference, or lack thereof, between sanity and insanity.

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    4. What an absolute delight Would love to direct this amazing play.

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    5. The Curious Savage by John Patrick is a mystery screenplay The curious Savage takes place in the 1950s about five years after WWll in an mental institution It is from the perspective of elderly lady named Miss Savage who has mysteriously hidden ten million dollars from her stepchildren Shocked at their mothers new behavior, and her hope of pursuing her dream of becoming an actress they send her to the Cloisters a mental institution near Boston It is here she meets and unlikely group patents who [...]

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    6. Summary view spoiler Ethel Savage s children commit her to a sanatorium when they learn she has decided to donate her entire fortune 10 million Once there, Ethel grows to love the quirky but sweet residents, and it becomes clear that her money obsessed children are really the crazy ones hide spoiler Review I didn t think this play was amazing, but I enjoyed it It was sweet and funny A couple of things in the play didn t quite make sense to me, and I found the very end a little odd, but it s stil [...]

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    7. This play has a great way of getting me involved in the story Every good character had so many in depth details and wow moments that it feels like there should be a book for each of the characters There are plot twists and dramatic moments layered with humor that makes the play so fun to read and probably way entertaining to watch than others.

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    8. i love this play It s a bit didactic as far as the theme goes, but the characters are so incredible The patients at the institute are so lovable and fun So even though the message is a basic don t be greedy, enjoy life and take chances on your dreams kind of theme, it is delivered in such a sweet way.

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    9. I really like this play a lot My favorite is Fairy May This was the very first play that I have read that I have been able to participate in as my favorite character s understudy Yay This is really cute and it has several great themes and is very family friendly That is one of the reasons that I like this play so much

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    10. Great story that shows how miserable people can be if they set their minds on money The story tries to picture other people as insane like Mrs Savage and those who live in the Cloisters , but it is those money loving people who actually are insane.

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    11. This is one of my absolute favorite plays I found out today that I am playing Fairy Mae at my school and I am so excited This play is hilarious and full of so many great, well crafted lines Each character is so nicely developed and the ending is so awesome

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    12. I read this after I played Florence in my school s shortened version of the production I sincerely wish we could have done the whole thing This play is so sweet, and laugh out loud funny I just love it

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    13. A truly heart warming play that still touches audiences in the 21st century One of Patrick s best.I have produced directed this twice.

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    14. Read the review on my blog thaliasbooks.tumblr post 3

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    15. A lovely, sweet play I had never heard of Looking forward to performing it a year from now.

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    16. One of the best plays I ve read I m playing Dr Emmet in the school production.

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    17. I m performing this play for my senior year theater production I love everything about this story, and it s characters.

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    18. An enjoyable 1950s themed play I liked the gentle touch on writing th characters.

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    19. I have done this production 2x The first in 1988 as Miss Willie The 2nd in 2007 as Mrs Ethel Savage Very wonderful story

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    20. One of the best comedies I ve read It s heartwarming, yet hysterical as well Love the character development you don t often see that in such a short dramedy Good read

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    21. This play was recommended by a colleague who had just seen it performed by a local High School It might also make a good community theatre project.

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    22. I played Miss Willie in my high school s production and I still love this play with my whole heart because of that experience This play among all the others I performed in had the most heart.

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    23. A sweet play a sort of comedic One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest.

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    24. I get to be on the audition panel for this play

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    25. This play was so funny I would love to see it performed live

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