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Pun Intended 

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In his review of my play The Uneasy Chair ["The Wrong Engagement," October 14] Tony Adler writes, "Smith's comedy was almost certainly never meant to be anything more than a frothy exercise in creative anachronism," and later, "I can't say for sure whether Smith consciously built hell into The Uneasy Chair." Well, as the author, I can say definitively that I did consciously build hell into The Uneasy Chair, that I did hope that it would be a bit more than a frothy exercise in anachronism, and that Mr. Adler was spot-on in his referencing of Beckett's Endgame. It was my intention to have my characters drift from Victoriana into absurdism. The play calls for a set that continually shrinks, like something from Alice in Wonderland, but so far very few companies have had the budget, space, or design technique to make that happen, and so the absurdist quality is often lost. I am delighted Mr. Adler and some audience members nonetheless felt it so forcefully. Lest anyone think I am retroactively and opportunistically claiming this distinction, references to Beckett do appear in some of the Writers' Theatre's promotional materials.

Thank you and best wishes,

Evan Smith

Savannah, Georgia

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