Crawford, Paul K.||O'Connell, William V. (William Valentine)
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Speech
Kelly; George; 1887-1974. Show-off
The Show-Off was written by George Kelly, an American playwright who was born in 1887 in Philadelphia. He previously authored The Torchbearers and Craig's Wife as well as several one act sketches. In these latter he also began his acting career. He had little formal education. He was in a sense, on probation as a playwright until The Show-Off which was much to the taste of its audiences from the first performance. According to newspaper reviews, there was not one vacant seat at any performance until well into the summer of 1924. The fact that it ran continuously, from February 5, 1924 through June 15, 1936 is ample evidence of its reception. At the time of its premiere, Heywood Broun, dramatic critic for the New York World, wrote "The Show-Off is the best three-act comedy that has yet been written by an American."
Hake, Marian Goddard, "A prompt book for George Kelly's - The show-off containing history, characterization, general pacing and scenic designs" (1956). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 493.
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