The Second man


The Second man
   S. N. Behrman's first Broadway play, a three-act comedy produced by the Theatre Guild and starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, The Second Man opened on 11 April 1927 at the Guild Theatre for 178 performances. Critics carped about its slim plot, but most reviewers were dazzled by Behrman's wit and language. Pleasure-seeking writer Clark Story is set to marry wealthy Mrs. Kendall Frayne, but he learns that Monica, a young woman with whom he has had a previous relationship, is pregnant. Clark initially accepts the necessity of marrying Monica, despite the fact that she is engaged to another man, but both eventually realize they are not right for each other. Monica goes back to her intended and Clark merrily returns to Mrs. Frayne, who accepts his free-and-easy ways.

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