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The Bicyclers and Three Other Farces

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

Three farcical plays by the American author and satirist, and the creator of modern Bangsian fantasy, the school of fantasy writing that sets the plot wholly or partially in the afterlife.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Barlow, kindly pretend I’m a shawl, will you, and carry me in.

Bradley.  I’ll buy a wheel to-morrow.

Perkins.  Don’t, Brad.  I—I’ll give you mine.  Fact is, old man, I don’t exactly like feeling like a bird.

[They go out, and as the last, Perkins and Bradley, disappear stiffly through the portières, the curtain falls.



MR. EDWARD BRADLEY, a friend in disguise.
MR. ROBERT YARDSLEY, an amiable villain.
MR. JOHN BARLOW, the amiable villain’s assistant.
MRS. EDWARD BRADLEY, a woman of executive ability.
JENNIE, a housemaid.

The scene is placed in the drawing-room of Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Perkins, of New York.  The time is a Saturday evening in the early spring, and the hour is approaching eight.  The curtain, rising, discovers P. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Whoever told us the Sit-com started with television lied. These four short plays by sometime Fantasy Author Bangs rely on misunderstandings, miscommunication, and funny asides to the audience for their humor.
I was drawn to them because of the first piece, "The Bicyclers", a short farce about upper