John van Druten's 3-character play ran for years on Broadway during WW2. It centers on the unexpected weekend of a soldier on leave in NYC and the romantic young actress who shows him the town. "A delightful comedy..it sparkles with wit and has a quality of great tenderness" -- The New York Times. ...
|Title||:||The Voice of the Turtle: A Comedy in Three Acts|
|Number of Pages||:||172 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Voice of the Turtle: A Comedy in Three Acts Reviews
The first of its kind on the Broadway stage, opening 1943 : the always "romantic" heroine Sally, age 23-25, has had 2 affairs before the curtain rises and has a 3d during the weekend of the play's action. Best chumette Olive sleeps around. And the soldier Bill - well, he's just a nice, lonely guy who likes sex and he may even be sincere. Any wonder that it ran 4 years on Bwy? It intrigued Americans who preferred into the 60s, nonetheless, Doris Day-Rock Hudson romcoms where the heroine remains chaste. O, Puritania !It's a sophisticated change fr boy meets & probably marries girl. The wartime setting is long gone, but the key is how Sally behaves: even in Restoration comedy the heroine kept her Virtue. John Van Druten changed all that with humorous understanding, sweetness and wit. He only uses 3 characters to pull off this remarkable achievement. "There has never been a more completely immoral play on the American stage," swooned critic George Jean Nathan who championed its worldliness. "It makes relations between men and women charming and highly desirable, to be indulged in by all and sundry."
Unabashedly romantic, and like all John van Druten plays, quietly subversive with its delightfully unmaidenly heroine. This feels a lot like a predecessor to 80's and 90's romcoms from the likes of Nora Ephron, but this play has fifty years on those. A sweet little play; the film version deserved Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan, not Ronald Reagan.
There was something likable about this small cast play, but unfortunately it never really takes off. The dialogue is a little clunky in places and the end happens so fast that it catches you of completely off guard. Also, I think it's a mistake to bill it as a comedy. While it may not be high drama, it certainly wasn't funny. It had its moments, but overall it wasn't great.
Simple comedy and love story between a soldier and romantic girl.