Wednesday, October 27, 2004

George S Kaufman

Woody Allen's tribute to a great American comedy writer, in the New York Times.
Is there any better opening line to delineate a character and foreshadow a promisingly delectable situation than the one delivered by Sheridan Whiteside, The Man Who Came to Dinner? The worthy small-town folk fuss nervously, hoping to please the great public figure forced to convalesce in their honored midst. Whiteside, entering in a wheelchair, surveys his adulating hosts and says, ''I may vomit.''

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