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What Is the Story of Talley’s Folly?
Set at the end of World War II, Talley’s Folly tells the story of a Jewish accountant named Matt Friedman who shows up unannounced at the Missouri home Sally Talley, with whom he shared a summer romance. Matt is determined to rekindle his relationship with Sally, who resists her heart because of her family’s opinion and her own deep secret.
[Lanford Wilson's] dialogue is full of snap and humor. And this production has Paulson and Burstein to deliver his words, both of them in such fine control of their faculties as actors that their interplay is almost dancelike...Review by Adam Markovitz from Entertainment Weekly
...Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson infuse this gossamer two-character play with a warm, slightly spiky humanity that breathes vital life...Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times
What Is Talley’s Folly Like?
Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play manages to bring a gentle romance to vibrant life. With a brisk 97-minute running time and a gorgeous boathouse set (the "folly" of the title) that bursts off the stage, Talley’s Folly is a swift night at the theater boasting a pair of stellar performances from Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson. Anyone who enjoys spectacular acting will walk away from this sweet love story with nothing but a smile.
Is Talley’s Folly Good for Kids?
Talley’s Folly is short and sweet, but may not be thematically appropriate nor entertaining for children under the age of 13.