Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is, of course, a sequel to "Potash and Perlmutter" and is quite as good a play as the original. Its essence is simple, old-fashioned, sentimental comedy, combined with clever studies of New York character and a further exposition of the humours and pathos of the engaging Jews. They are invited to turn their business into a company with a big capital, a scoundrel called Gans being involved in the matter. Both are persuaded by the promise of great profits, though Ruth, Perlmutter's wife, is sagacious enough to see that, clever as they are in their own line, they will be helpless in Wall Street. At the last moment, however, Potash feels that the thing is a swindle and backs out, selling his half of the original business to Perlmutter. Ruth determines to find out what Gans is up to and allows him to make love to her with that object. He proposes to elope with her and she pretends to consent. He then tells her that he has sold his share in the company. She, knowing this to be untrue, denounces him but Perlmutter refuses to believe her until it appears that Gans has altered a cheque from, 1,000 to 91,000 dollars and bolted. Perlmutter would have been imprisoned, but Potas comes to his aid with the money paid him for his share, and the two, with their affectionate wives, start business humbly again in the old shop. This simple story is well told and the sentiment of it is very pretty. The subsidiary characters of the original play, Pasinsky, Rabiner and so on, repeat their humorous roles. Recommended for license. G. S. Street.

Licensed On: 24 Aug 1916

License Number: 411


British Library Reference: LCP1916/19

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66140 O


4 Sep 1916 Theatre Royal, ManchesterUnknown Licensed Performance