Author: Miles Malleson
Director: Jonathan Bank
Producer: Mint Theater Company
The Beckett Theatre
12/27/16 - 2/18/17
About the show:
Yours Unfaithfully by Miles Malleson is an “un-romantic comedy” about the price of free love.
Yours Unfaithfully is a remarkably bold play about a married couple trying to live up to their ideals of freedom, generosity, and independence.
Malleson’s 1933 comedy was published but never produced, making Mint’s production a very belated World Premiere.
A handful of papers reviewed the published play in 1933. The Spectator described it as “vivacious and intelligent, as you would expect from Mr. Malleson.” Renowned philosopher Bertrand Russell, whose own provocative and controversial Marriage and Morals came out in 1929, wrote a critique for the Observer:
Mr. Malleson’s play deals with the adventures of a married couple who have decided, as many do nowadays, that their relation to each other is sufficiently stable to withstand the shock of an occasional infidelity, openly confessed and not regarded as a ground of reproach. The subject is treated delightfully, with humour and kindliness and without any dogmatic conclusion. The characters behave as real people do behave, and not according to some convention of the theatre.
What Russell declined to mention was that the play takes his own marriage as inspiration. It’s no wonder that he writes, “I suppose the troubles of the principal characters might be regarded as amusing, although from their own point of view they are very uncomfortable.”