Patrick, John (aka John Patrick O’Goggan, American playwright, and screenwriter, 1905-1995), “Compulsion,”
© 1976 by John Patrick;
• in John Patrick’s Divorce—Anyone? acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1976), ISBN 0822203162, DPS 1675, containing “Habit,” a __-minute comedy, 2m1f; or “Integrity,” a __-minute comedy, 1m2f;
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• Cited in Play Index 1973-1977: An Index to 3,848 Plays, edited by Estelle A. Fidell (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1978), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, p. 251.
• Also, cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
husband (m), wife (f), friend (m).
“. . . [A] distraught young husband[’s] . . . wife is planning to divorce him because of his over-energetic sexual demands. He persuades a long absent visiting friend to pose as a priest and talk sense to her which works beautifully until she catches on. Whereupon she turns the tables on hubby in hilarious fashion.”—DPS.
“Comedy of newlyweds, with eager husband, but wife who considers him oversexed and wants divorce; accidental meeting of husband with old school chum, who is drafted to impersonate priest and dissuade wife, produces unsought solution.”—Fidell, 251.
• “A trio of skillfully interconnected comedies, which offers three contrasting (and very funny) aspects of what is ordinarily a quite unfunny matter. The plays, all utilizing the same basic set, and with identical casting requirements, may be presented with equal effectiveness either singly or as a well-balanced three-act program.”—DPS.
• Not to be confused with Thomas Carlton Upham’s (1894-____) Compulsion: A Play in Three Acts (n. p.: Fitchburg, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1929), LCCN 42-35132.
• Also, not to be confused with Meyer Levin’s (1905-____) Compulsion, a drama in English, (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959), LCCN 58-13173, about Nathan Freudenthal Leopold (1904 or 1905) and Richard A. Loeb (1905 or 6-1936).
• John Patrick wrote the play The Teahouse of the August Moon, which won the Tony Award, the Critics’ Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1954; his screenplays include Three Coins in the Fountain, 1954; Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, 1955; The Teahouse of the August Moon, 1956; Suicide, 1995.
chance encounter, clergy, divorce, domination, impersonation newlywed, longtime friendship, school tie, sex drive.