The Diaries of Adam and Eve
David Birney & Mark Twain
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Comedy . Characters: 1 male, 1 female . Exterior Set. Originally broadcast on American Playhouse, this delightful adaptation is set in a Victorian garden and is structured as a series of diary entries by Adam and Eve. The play also works as a reader's theatre piece. At first, Adam is puzzled by the new arrival in the garden and he is suspicious of her disturbing appetite for fruit. Eve, believing herself to be some sort of experiment, is curious about another experiment in the garden, perhaps some sort of reptile or possibly architecture. Eve gives names to everything, much to Adam's annoyance. He tries to ignore her, so she seeks companionship among the animals particularly with a certain snake. Adam and Eve grow to love each other and, in the end, an elderly Adam is filled with a realization of that love as he stands at Eve's grave. "Sharp and resourceful...played with freshness and theatricality....charming." -Variety"...endearing...a reminder of Twain's storytelling genius and how much fun it can be...flavorful as apple cider, pungent, ironic." -The Los Angeles Times"Mark Twain isn't just for Hal Holbrook anymore. David Birney brings Mark Twain's words to life...in a romantic adventure for the ages." -Times Union, Albany, NY