When Did You Last See My Mother?

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Samuel French, Inc., 2010 - Drama - 72 pages
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Characters: 3male, 2female

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Jimmy and Ian share a flat. Jimmy is "straight"; and Ian is "not." Neither are very "gay." One night Jimmy brings a girl home. He tries to get Ian and his friend to go out so he can have some privacy but Ian refuses. In fact, he gets very angry, leading to a fight. Jimmy's mother comes to visit Ian, and there ensues a mutual sexual attraction, which is consummated. The mother tries to get Ian to go to bed with her again; but Ian tells her he only did it because she reminded him of Jimmy. Ian hints Jimmy has a homosexual side which Jimmy is not aware of. This upsets the mother so much she has a fight with Jimmy which upsets her so much more she has a fatal automobile accident. In the end, Jimmy and Ian come to a deeper knowledge of themselves.


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About the author (2010)

Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, "When Did You Last See My Mother?, "at the age of eighteen. His many works for the theatre, television and cinema include "The Philanthropist, "translations of Yasmina Reza's "Art, Life x 3, "and "The Unexpected Man", his adaptation of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses "by Laclos, translations from Ibsen and Moliere, " "and the screenplays "Dangerous Liaisons, Carrington, "and "The Secret Agent.

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