The Railroad of love


The Railroad of love
   Augustin Daly freely adapted this four-act comedy from Franz von Schoenthan and Gustav Kadelberg's Goldfische for his company. It opened on 1 November 1887 for 108 performances at Daly's Theatre, with key roles acted by Daly's leading players, James Lewis, John Drew, Otis Skinner, Ada Rehan, and Mrs. G. H. Gilbert. Aging roué Phenix Scuttleby complains of the impact of the pace of modern life on flirtation, which he compares to a railroad schedule. A rich widow, Mrs. Osprey, will lose her fortune to Scuttleby if she remarries, according to her late husband's will. She wants to marry an artist, but can only do so if, as the will specifies, Scuttleby marries first. Through a series of machinations involving other would-be couples foiled by Scuttleby, he is married off to a country woman, allowing all lovers to be united.

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