10 May 2012

On Stage with Burnett

Google eBook, 60 pages
Published 1913 (originally 1889) 

Read March 2012
Little Lord Fauntleroy: A Drama in Three Acts, Founded on the Story of the Same Name by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I wasn't exactly a fan of the novel this play was based on, and this adaptation is an unimpressive work, having to shift material to conform to stage conventions in a way that loses the effect of the original but gains no new effectiveness. Giving the villain a larger role without changing the plot only foregrounds what a terrible, unthreatening plan she had to begin with. 
I did like the gag in the third act about everyone coming in through the window, though.

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