The Playwrights Database
CHARLES A TAYLOR
Charles A Taylor's plays including biography, theatres, agent, synopses, cast sizes, production and published dates
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From Rags to Riches
From Rags to Riches
Opening at midnight on the Bowery coffee stand of Mother Murphy and her two adopted children, newsboy Ned Nimble and his siter lovely Flossie, From Rags to Riches begins as a sentimental portrait of a hardworking, poor family at the turn of the century. the tone soon darkens with the arrival of the wealthy and insouciant "Prince" Charlie Montgomery, who takes a fancy to Flossie and sets his sights on having her for his own. He works this design into his plot with his ex-paramour Flora to murder his wealthy uncle. But in both plots they are pursued by private detective Brown, who hopes to set right the wrongs they committed against frail Gertrude Clark and her lost husband, Albert Cooper, who just happen to be. . ..Ned and Flossie's natural parents! Filled with thwarted hopes, close calls, and a cast of broad, colorful types, the play follows a tortuous trail that leads from Bowery to Broadway, from West Side mansion to Chinatown opium den. That the play is a fast paced meloDrama is part of its appeal: it is both a slapstick comedy and a roller coaster ride. Underlying the meloDrama, too, is a chaotic vision of social inbalance in a culture that rewards deceit, hamstrings the law, and allows both triumph and tragedy to be matters of fortune.
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