Mrs Farnsworth

Mrs Farnsworth $15.99

A R Gurney

Published by Broadway Play Publishing

3 Male 3 Female

"This is set in a creative-writing class in Manhattan, run by a sardonic, harried teacher named Gordon

Class is under way when a resplendently well-groomed student makes a late and incongruous entrance - the pastel-clad Marjorie Farnsworth, fresh from the Connecticut suburbs and fluttering with apologies

It seems she wants to learn to write because she has a story that urgently needs to be told

It's the tale of a Vassar girl who becomes pregnant by a hard-partying Yale boy, who then pays her (by proxy) to have an abortion

Mrs Farnsworth's narrative starts to sound like a memoir in which only the names have been changed - could the boy in question be the young George W Bush?

The left-leaning Gordon is overcome with excitement

Despite surface evidence, Mrs Farnsworth is a registered Democrat, deeply concerned about the state of the nation and keen on making her tale public

There is, however, one serious problem, she says - her disapproving husband

Enter Mr Farnsworth ...

It wouldn't be cricket, as the Farnsworths might put it, to divulge more

And although Mrs Farnsworth is essentially a debate play, there is nothing dry about it and little that's predictable

As Mr and Mrs Farnsworth present their respective cases to Gordon and his students, they reveal unexpected facets

Neither emerges as someone entirely to be trusted, but both come off as people of good faith

Which is more than can be said of the focus of their argument, Mr Bush, who by the play's end has been effectively cut open and found empty" ~ Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.


We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2023 Stageplays, Inc.