Up in Mabel's room


Up in Mabel's room
   Wilson Collison and Otto Harbach's three-act farce opened on 15 January 1919 for 229 performances at the Eltinge Theatre, produced by A. H. Woods. Among the first of a long series of "sex comedies," Up in Mabel's Room has a simple plot involving the efforts of Garry Ainsworth, an awkward new husband, to retrieve a bit of lingerie he gave to his ex-girlfriend, Mabel Es-sington. Hoping to spare his wife Geraldine any embarrassment, he goes to Mabel's apartment and spends considerable effort to retrieve the garment while contending with a number of unwanted arrivals of friends and family. This slight comedy proved remarkably durable in stock and amateur productions, and spawned motion picture versions in 1926 and 1944.

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