The Legal wreck


The Legal wreck
   This light romantic four-act play by William Gillette opened on 14 August 1888 for 102 performances at the Madison Square Theatre with a cast including Sidney Drew, George Fawcett, and Nina Boucicault. Drew played a lawyer who convinces two men, his rivals for the affections of a young woman, that each has killed the other. His goal is to eliminate the rivals and to reunite the girl with her mother and sister, thereby winning her love. Gillette adapted the play into a novel, beginning a trend that continues in the 21st century.

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