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"I'm Herbert"

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Anderson, Robert, (American playwright, 19__- ), "I'm Herbert,"

a sketch in English set on a porch,


in Robert Anderson's You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, ISBN 0-8222-1288-9, DPS 5020 (published with and can pair with "Footsteps of the Doves," a comedy, 2m2f; "I'll be Home for Christmas," a comedy, 1m2f; or "The Shock of Recognition," a comedy, 3m1f), script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, Cited to present author by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail, March 20, 1997; the citation says,

Dramatis Personae old man (m), old woman (f)

Synopsis ". . . [T]wo old, old people sitting on a porch in a pair of rocking chairs and talking. Just talking - and of course they don't know how funny they are. Each has had one or more previous marriages and perhaps a few flings, but they are hazy as to details. In fact, they don't always know which one the other one is.

Comment "One of the four plays comprising You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running, one of the most successful comedies in Broadway history. You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running is a warm-hearted quartet of hilarious short plays which starred Martin Balsam, Eileen Heckart, George Grizzard and Melinda Dillon in a variety of scintillating, diversified roles. The topic is sex, in all its mysterious and fascinating manifestations, and the treatment of this is so skillful, tasteful and explosively funny that the plays are not only captivating and touching, but universal in appeal. . . . 'Everything about this production of four short plays has a masterly light touch. . . . We have a delightful gift of springtime in the Broadway theatre.'-John Chapman, N.Y. Daily News. . . . 'The best and brightest new American play of the season . . . .'-Norman Nadel, N.Y. World Journal Tribune. '. . . [N]otably fine comic and dramatic episodes, written with skill and insight . . . .'-Richard Watts, Jr., N.Y. Post.

Themes old age, porch, sex.

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