Monday, June 29, 2015

Case Study No. 2053: Hazel Evans/Isabel

No Sweet Revenge
A play by Franklin Hensinger
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She is in her middle thirties and speaks with a becoming Southern drawl.
She wears a loose-fitting summer housedress and uses make-up very sparingly.
She is Hazel, a librarian by profession, and appears to have managed her personal and business routine with restraint.

But who is Isabel?
Isabel is never a librarian.
Sometimes she's a secretary ... or a waitress ... or a music teacher.

And when Keith arrives with the truth about Isabel, how will this "restrained librarian" react to her secret being revealed?



Hazel Evans, in her mid-30s, "is a disciplined spinster." In this two-character play, Keith Brady (her no-good former lover of sorts) stops in fresh from New Orleans. He ribs Hazel about her work as a librarian in a southern town. She assures him she finds "great satisfaction" in the job.

For a long time she was bound to the town while she cared for her invalid mother. Keith calls her a "mistress of books - but never one in bed." Hazel admits, with Keith's prodding, that she leads something of a double life: When loneliness sets in, she goes to a nearby park, adopts the name Isabel, and strikes up conversations with strangers - male strangers, chiefly.

This potentially embarrassing information in hand, Keith attempts to blackmail Hazel. Her response to his effort is the main focus of the play.



Two for a happening; a dramatic duo in three acts.
Author: Clay Franklin
Publisher: New York, S. French [1969]
Note: Six one-act plays.
Contents: Suddenly last Friday -- Small victory -- Bold decision -- Western lament -- No sweet revenge -- The daffy world of Daphne De Witt.

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