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The irascible Mrs. Savage was left with ten million dollars at her late husband's passing. She desires to make a charitable use of it, against the avaricious desires of her grown-up stepchildren. These stepchildren, seeing that they cannot get a hold of the estate, commit their stepmother to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." With the help of the patients, Mrs. Savage drives her stepchildren to distraction as they seek her fortune. By show's end, the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.
Theatre and Performance Studies
La Salle University, "The Curious Savage" (1999). The Masque Programs. 20.