From Samuel French:
First produced at the Pheasant Run Playhouse in Chicago, with Phyllis Diller featured as Madeline
Basset, the action takes place in a two story residence in suburban New York. The play concerns the two
Bassett sisters, Gertrude is prudish, capable and hardworking, says only "Oh, fudge", when she's upset.
Madeline, who is completely dependent on Gertrude, is sloppy, fat, cunning, and sounds like a
plumber who has lost his
number four wrench. When Gertrude decides to marry, leaving
Madeline to fend for herself, the situation becomes traumatic. In an attempt to break up Gertrude's
romance, Madeline runs the gamut, making obscene telephone calls to the bridegroom's 80 year old lush
of a mother; outrageously insulting the groom to be, sneaking off to New York to trip on LSD, and
finally sneaking back home to live in the attic and sulk. When all efforts fail, she feigns a stroke.
"Screamingly funny fun.... Tasca, who is listed as the author of this madness, may be the same
gifted lunatic who wrote Diller's old night club material." Chicago Tribune.
"Audiences complain happily about sore stomachs, all from laughing." Daily Journal.