The Famous Mrs. Fair


The Famous Mrs. Fair
   The timely and topical comedy-drama by James Forbes opened on 22 December 1919 at the Henry Miller Theatre, ran for 343 performances, and was nominated for the 1920 Pulitzer Prize. Probing such serious themes as the integration of the returned war veteran, woman suffrage, women's desire for freedom of movement outside the home, divorce, and changing mores for youth, the play nonetheless incorporates humor in the trio of women who served in France with Mrs. Fair. Whisked onto the lecture circuit after her tour of duty, Mrs. Fair neglects her family to the extent that her husband takes up with another woman and her daughter narrowly escapes becoming a Broadway floozie. Luckily, her son marries a level-headed stenographer who brings a reasonable perspective to the action.

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