Why Hanna’s Skirt Won’t Stay Down, or Admission $.10
Eyen, Tom (American playwright, director, writer, lyricist, b. August 14, 1941, Cambridge, Ohio, U.S.A.-d. 1991), “Why Hanna’s Skirt Won’t Stay Down, or Admission $.10,”
a __-minute one-act version of a tragic-comedy, set in a Coney Island funhouse, New York, U.S.A., 1971,
© 1971 by Tom Eyen;
• in Tom Eyen’s Why Hanna’s Skirt Won’t Stay Down: A New Comedy (New York: Samuel French, Inc., 1971), SF 22911, LCCN 75314678, 70 pp.;
• formerly in catalog of Samuel French, Inc., 25 West 45th Street, New York, New York 10010-2751, U.S.A., telephone 212-206-8990, fax 212-206-1429; or 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046-2795, U.S.A., telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6822; or 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto, Ontario M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108; or Samuel French, Ltd., 52 Fitzroy Street, London W1P 6JR, England.
_____ (m), __, a muscular young narcissist; _____ (m), __, a carnival barker; Hanna O'Brien (f), __, a ticket taker, half Jewish-half Irish; Sophie (f), __, Hanna's bald sister, an Avon Lady.
“This Off Broadway classic concerns Hanna O'Brien, a half Jewish, half Irish 42nd Street ticket taker who spends most of her spare time relaxing over a breeze hole in a Coney Island funhouse; a muscular young narcissist who spends his time in the funhouse mirror maze; Hanna's bald sister, Sophie, an Avon Lady Hanna hasn't seen for twenty years, and a carnival barker complete with flashing lights and a mid way.
“Of course, Eyen's Fun House is really an American Wax Museum, filled with frustration more than sadness, and it brilliantly exposes the anxiety and the half madness of the age.” • “A very evocative play. . . . shabby, sleazy, but defiant. The dog eared reality of its fantasy and its sense of wasted freak show lives in a crumbling, neon lit sideshow give the play an aftertaste and a validity."—New York Times.
ethnicity, funhouse, mirror maze, narcissism, sister-sister relationship.