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Editorial Reviews

In this bittersweet Broadway play, Jason Robards is Jacob Brackish, a tough high school music teacher who is dying at home. His advertisement for a housekeeper is answered by Katherine, a woman Jacob has forgotten he flunked several years before. Robards is superb as the crotchety Brackish; he brings listeners' sympathies close, then pushes them back with one rattling cough, one caustic line. With all the Southie sass of a true Bostonian, Ivey infuses both playful revenge and personal pain into the role of Katherine with a nearly flawless accent. This play is at once hilarious, touching and unforgettable.
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Publisher's Summary

Jacob Brackish, the toughest, meanest teacher ever to set foot in Gloucester High School, is dying at home. His advertisement for a housekeeper to look after him during his final years is answered by a mousy 40-year-old named Kathleen, a woman Jacob has forgotten he flunked years before. Judith Ivey and Jason Robards recreate the roles they originated on Broadway in this humorous and moving play.
©2009 L.A. Theatre Works (P)2009 L.A. Theatre Works
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