Dorothy Parker in hell

A Sarasota, Florida, production of a play entitled Dorothy Parker … One Foot in Scarsdale, closed over the weekend to mixed reviews. This part at least sounds funny:

When we first see Parker, it’s 1967 and she’s just died, presumably a suicide. The afterlife, as designed by Marcella Beckwith, is furnished with the famous Algonquin Round Table and with a desk on which sit an old telephone, a Royal typewriter and a liquor bottle. The name-dropping begins immediately: “If this is hell, at least I’ll have Ernest Hemingway for company.”

According to the Dorothy Parker Society of New York, the play was inspired by Dorothy Parker’s longest-ever New York Times obituary.


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