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The Abbot Circle 19 24 ™ « ' - ' ' r " • «% a . i i 1 • 1 : Jfeiik M ■ Pomanber OTalk A row of five small houses of the early Elizabethan type, each with a garden in front; a huge elm tree in the center; at one side a summer house or " gazebo " covered with climbing flowers; two lamp-posts; and a wall which hides the river from our eyes. Such is Pomander Walk, a little suburb of London that has its share of joys and sorrows, humor and pathos. When Act I opens Sir Peter Antrobus, king of the walk, and Mr. Brooke- Hoskyn, " a gentleman of distinction, " are playing quoits under the elm. The game finished, Mrs. Poskett, an elderly widow of youthful actions, Mr. Pringle, a violinist, also Misses Ruth and Barbara Pennymint, two rather elderly sisters, join in a friendly chat. Into this group comes Madame Lachesnais and her daughter Marjolaine, preceded by the maid, Nanette, on their way to market. The Eyesore, the Walk ' s disgrace, is seen to throw away his pipe which, in the horrified silence that follows, is picked up by the Reverend Doctor Sternroyd who believes it to be an early Elizabethan tobacco pipe. No sooner has he left than the Honorable Caroline Thring appears to " give advice and distribute alms. " The next arrival is Lord Otford who has come to consult Sir Peter about his son, Jack Sayle, whom he wishes to have marry Caroline Thring. Sir Peter agrees to try to influence Jack about the matter. As Sir Peter and Lord Otford leave, Marjolaine seats herself under the elm and is interrupted by a young man, who introduces himself as Jack Sayle. Marjolaine offers him her mother ' s claret to 76
Page 95 text:
The Abbot Circle 19 24 l Pomanber WM By Louis Parker THE CAST John Sayle, 10th Baron Otford Lieut, the Hon. John Sayle, R. N. Admiral Sir Peter Antrobus Jerome Brooke-Hoskyn, Esc. The Rev. Jacob Sternroyd, D.D., F.S.A. Mr. Basil Pringle Jim ... The Muffin Man The Lamplighter The Eyesore Madame Lucie Lachesnais Mille. Mariolaine Lachesnais Mrs. Pamelia Poskett Miss Ruth Pennymint Miss Barbara Pennymint The Hon. Caroline Thring Nannette . Jane Stage Manager . Director 75 Marian Shryock Caroline Straehley Kathryn Wallace Susanna Smith Elisabeth Barss Ruth Pritchard Priscilla Bradley Genevra Rumford Elisabeth Willson Margaret Bush Helen Keating Elizabeth Harrington Elizabeth Bragg Marjorie Williamson Caroline Hall Margaret McKee Mary Harvey Mary Elizabeth Ward Margaret Bush Bertha Everett Morgan
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The Abbot .Circle 1924 quench his thirst and their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of The Muffin Man, making escape impossible as the entire Walk is awake. Jack meets Sir Peter who recognizes him and presents him to M adame Lachesnais who faints at hearing the name, Jack Sayle. At the beginning of Act II in a monologue by Brooke-Hoskyn to his wife we learn he has written to Lord Otford telling him of Jack ' s visit. Madame learns from her daughter that she is in love with Jack, the son of the Lord Otford Mad- ame loved years ago, and makes her promise to forget him. Lord Otford visits the Admiral in a towering rage. He has received an anonymous letter telling of Jack ' s visit to the Walk on Saturday and of his affair with Marjolaine. Sir Peter leaves Lord Otford sitting in the gazebo where Madame encounters him. The cool conversation terminates in the discovery by Lord Otford that Madame is the Lucy Pryor he loved. Jack Sayle returns disguised as the Eyesore and a charm- ing love scene ensues between Marjolaine and Jack presenting the puzzle as to how they are to be married. Dr. Sternroyd appears at the psychological moment and is persuaded to get them the desired license. At this point the Eyesore angrily throws Sempronius, the precious cat of Mrs. Poskett ' s, into the river for eating his fish. Sir Peter rescues him and Mrs. Poskett falling on his neck loudly acclaims him her " hero " . Act III displays Pomander Walk, at its best, having tea. Sir Peter is prac- tically ignored, Mrs. Poskett in a tearful condition, and even a song from Barbara fails to bring back the customary happiness. Mrs. Poskett, with the help of Jim, " the son of a sea cook, " servant to the Admiral, makes her final attempt to " get her Peter. " She succeeds. Lord Otford returns wishing to see Madame Lachesnais and the reconciliation ends happily with future prospects of their own marriage and that of Marjolaine and Jack. The curtain falls with the announce- ment of the new arrival of Brooke-Hoskyn ' s son.
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