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Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts   By: (1860-1937)

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Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts by Mark Ambient is a delightful and entertaining play that will leave readers bursting with laughter from beginning to end. Set in a small, picturesque town in the early 20th century, this comedic gem tells the story of Susannah, a lively and witty young woman who unwittingly causes chaos and confusion wherever she goes.

Ambient's masterful writing instantly transports readers into the whimsical world of Oh! Susannah!, where hilarity ensues at every turn. The characters are vividly brought to life, each with their own unique quirks and idiosyncrasies that contribute to the play's comedic brilliance. From the bumbling mayor to the gossipy townsfolk, every character is a joy to encounter.

The plot follows Susannah as she visits the town, innocently hoping to reconcile with her long-lost love interest. However, her arrival quickly becomes a catalyst for a series of misunderstandings and misadventures. As Susannah's actions unintentionally create chaos, the play cleverly takes unexpected turns, seamlessly blending humor, romance, and farce.

One of the play's strengths is Ambient's impeccable timing and knack for creating hilarious situations. The dialogue is sharp and witty, filled with rapid-fire puns, wordplay, and double entendres. The audience is kept on their toes, constantly laughing at the antics unfolding on stage. Each act is perfectly paced, building anticipation and leaving readers eager to discover what hilarity will unfold next.

Moreover, Ambient's ability to weave social commentary through the laughter adds an extra layer of depth to the play. Through the exaggerated characters and absurd situations, the author cleverly addresses themes such as love, self-discovery, and the nature of human relationships. Beneath the farce lies a subtle exploration of societal norms and the consequences of conformity.

While Oh! Susannah! primarily focuses on delivering uproarious laughter, it also manages to tug at the heartstrings. The play delves into the complexities of human emotions, unrequited love, and the pursuit of happiness in a world filled with chaos. The characters' genuine moments of vulnerability and reflection provide a refreshing balance to the comedy, showcasing the depth and range of Ambient's writing.

In conclusion, Oh! Susannah! A Farcical Comedy in Three Acts is an absolute delight for fans of farce and comedy alike. Mark Ambient has crafted a piece of theater that hooks readers from the first page and doesn't let go until the final curtain call. With its memorable characters, side-splitting humor, and astutely woven social commentary, this play is a must-read for anyone seeking an uplifting and laugh-out-loud experience.

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By Mark Ambient

Produced at the Eden Theatre, Brighton, on September 6th, 1897, afterwards played at the Royalty Theatre, London.

Scene: Doctor's Consulting Room, 13 Marmalade St., Pimlico.

Time: Lady Day, 4 p. m. to 6 p. m. The action is continuous throughout the 3 Acts.

Time of representation.

Act I. 53 minutes.

Act II. 32 minutes. (One hour and three quarters.)

Act III. 20 minutes.


On bureau. Whiskey decanter, water, glasses.

Below bureau. Pail with water and house flannel.

In med. chest. Small bottles of coloured water, medicine glass and roll of lint.

On steps Feather brush.

On ped. cupboard. Case of surgical knives.

On doctor's table. Microscope, test tubes, phials, double stethoscope, eye glass, stationery cabinet with note paper, pen, pencil, calendar, Bradshaw, blotter, scribbling block, hand bell, ash tray with cigarette ends and matches.

In mirror. Invitation cards (Sir Peter Mrs. O'Hara).

On sofa. Cushions.

Off stage. Front door bell.


Doctor. Act 1. Gladstone bag packed with books, papers and one collar. Photo of Flo in pocket.

Act 2. Aunt's letter, also Flo's photo and coppers.

Andrew. Act 3. Pipe and baccy.

Waverly. Act 1. Detective camera in form of turnip watch.

Act 2. Walking stick (for Pearl's Bus... Continue reading book >>

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