Box and Cox
Published by Samuel French Inc
2 Male 1 Female
This Play can be performed Royalty Free
This famous Vaudeville one-act farce from way back is still popular today ...
The classic plot hinges on the fact that Mrs Bouncer has rented the same room to two men ...
... one to use it by night, the other by day
Her efforts to keep them apart and the resulting tangle are the very quintessence of the ludicrous
Box - a printer on a daily newspaper - and Cox - a journeyman hatter - invariably meet on the stairs of the lodging-house when one comes in from work as the other is going out
But neither has any idea that Mrs Bouncer is letting his room to the other
Cox - suspicious that Mrs. Bouncer has been using his flat during the day - complains to her that his coal keeps disappearing and that there is " ... a steady increase of evaporation among my candles, wood, sugar and lucifer matches"
He also complains that his room is continually full of tobacco smoke
Mrs Bouncer gives various excuses among others that Box, who, she says, occupies the attic, is a persistent smoker, and that his smoke must come down the chimney
As usual, Cox departs for his work at the hat shop, and on the stairs passes Box who is returning from the night shift at the newspaper
But today Cox returns unexpectedly and discovers Box in 'his' room ...
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