A Thousand Clowns: A Comedy in Three Acts

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S. French, 1962 - Drama - 121 pages
4 Reviews

Herb Gardner


Characters: 4 male, 1 female, 12 year-old boy

2 Interior scenes

This benchmark of Broadway comedy produced one of the theatre's most beloved roles: unconventional Murray, uncle to precocious nephew, Nick. Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for "Chipper the Chipmunk," a children's television star, Murray finds himself unemployed with plenty of free time with which to pursue his...pursuits. Lectured by his conventional brother Arnold and hounded by "the system," Murray is paid a visit by bickering, uptight social workers, Sandra and Albert, and finds himself solving their problems as well as most of his own.

"Would be a standout comedy in any season. Filled with laughter and warmth and sweetness and inspired daffiness. One of the quintessential New York comedies."-New York Daily News "An extraordinarily funny play with some brilliantly offbeat lines."-The New York Post

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Review: A Thousand Clowns

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Probably one of my favorite all-time plays because of the sardonic, whimsical, pseudo-absurdist humor pervasive throughout. There's a little Kip Bledsoe in Murray Burns. Read full review

Review: A Thousand Clowns

User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

I have fond memories of seeing this play when I was in high school and wanted to read it again to see if it measured up. I'm still not entirely sure what the moral is, but I'll be chewing on it for a while. Read full review

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