Foote, Horton (American playwright, screenwriter, 1916-____), “Blind Date,”
a comedy in English, set in the living room of Robert and Dolores Henry's home, in Harrison, Texas,1929,
• © 1986, • in Horton Foote’s Blind Date, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1986), ISBN 0-8222-0126-7, LCCN 87-100154, DPS 1043; • script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York, 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539,http://www.dramatists.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail , March 20, 1997; the citation says,
§ Dramatis Personae Dolores (f), a former high school beauty queen; Robert (m), her hen-pecked husband; Sarah Nancy (f), Dolores' visiting niece; Felix (m), a date for Sarah Nancy
§ Synopsis “. . . Dolores, once a high school beauty queen, is now the scourge of her hen-pecked husband, who comes home from the office hungry and tired to find that there will be no dinner tonight. The reason is that Dolores has, at last, been able to arrange a date for her visiting niece, Sarah Nancy, and she wants Robert out of the way. But when the young man, a would-be mortician goes out the window as the bookish, rebellious Sarah Nancy refuses to play the flirtation game and, instead, makes it abundantly (and hilariously) clear that she considers Felix to be a boring oaf. Sarah Nancy's attitude delights her uncle as much as it distresses her aunt, who retires from the field with a sudden sick headache. However, the two young people, left alone by their nosy elders, find a common interest at last and, as the curtain falls, they are contentedly, and wordlessly, poring over a stack of wonderfully corny old high school yearbooks.
§ Comment . • “A touching and very funny study of what befalls a fluttery, well-meaning aunt when she tries to arrange a date for her visiting (and uncooperative) niece. First presented by New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, as part of its One-Act Play Marathon, where it met with critical and popular acclaim. . . . • ‘Foote writes with intelligence, sensitivity, humor, and compassion. “Blind Date,” understatedly funny and uninsistently touching, is full of lived humanity.’—John Simon, New York. . . . ‘The pacing is skillful, the dialogue precise and carefully detailed.’—Robert Massa, The Village Voice. . . . ‘Besides being very funny, “Blind Date” has a bit to say about how oppressive sexual roles can be passed down from generation to generation.’—Frank Rich, New York Times.” • Horton Foote’s playwriting career spans more than fifty years. His plays have been on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and throughout America. He received the William Inge Lifetime Achievement Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America as well as honorary doctorates from American Film Institute, Austin College, and Drew University. • Not to be confused with Ruth Putnam Kimball’s “Blind Date,” a comedy, 3f.
§ Themes aunt-niece relationship,
blind date, family, generation gap, marriage, matchmaking.
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