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Many Happy Returns by Kay Macaulife

Many Happy Returns (1974)

by Kay Macaulife

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Easily the best [item in this revue] was "Happy Birthday" in which an old lady gives a tea party on her 90th birthday. This was a nicely balanced misture of pathos and gentle humour.s
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Good afternoon, ladies. Our entertainment today is going to be a Charade.
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A charade for women in three scenes, each running for 20 minutes; the first two scenes can be performed separately. In the first, "Happy Birthday!" Mother is celebrating her eightieth birthday, and her future plans provide a surprise ending and leave her three daughters gasping. In "A Piece of Cake" Annie's quiet birthday celebration is disturbed by two suspicious visitors. In "Welcome to the W.I.!" chaotic events during a birthday meeting of the Women's Institute or Guild appall a prospective new member.
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