- The "comedy of American Life in Three Acts" opened on 15 May 1922 at the Belmont Theatre and ran for 212 performances. Written by father and son J. C. Nugent and Elliott Nugent* with the uncredited assistance of Howard Lindsay, the play afforded good comedic roles for both authors. The title character, played by Elliott Nugent, is a would-be architect supporting himself as a plumber. He comes to fix the plumbing at the Bence house, where he meets the sweet Ruth, the youngest of three sisters. But the older sister Kate quarrels with her fiancé Duke and impulsively lures Kempy into marrying her. While Kate and Kempy are away, Ruth polishes his wrench for him. Kempy realizes that he loves Ruth, Kate realizes she loves Duke, and Duke realizes that, as a lawyer, he can get the marriage annulled in the morning, since Kempy is only 20.
The Historical Dictionary of the American Theater. James Fisher.
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