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Cynthia Voigt

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Timeline of Events

  • Summer evening

    Max and Lenny have a conversation full of animosity.

    Act 1, Section 1
  • Soon after

    Reacting to insults, Sam reports others, not him, have had sex in the back seat of his car.

    Act 1, Section 1
  • A little later

    Joey talks about his boxing training, and Max mocks and degrades him.

    Act 1, Section 1
  • Late that night

    After six years of estrangement, Teddy arrives with Ruth, whom no one in the family has met.

    Act 1, Section 2
  • A little later

    After some indecision, Ruth goes for a walk, and Teddy goes to bed.

    Act 1, Section 2
  • Later that night

    Unable to sleep, Lenny tells Ruth violent stories when she returns from her walk.

    Act 1, Section 2
  • A little later

    Ruth invites Lenny to sit on her lap and drink her water.

    Act 1, Section 2
  • Early the next morning

    Not knowing who Ruth is, Max calls her a tart and wants her thrown out.

    Act 1, Section 3
  • Soon after

    Max asks Ruth if she is a mother; she says she is.

    Act 1, Section 3
  • That afternoon

    As others watch, Ruth and Lenny dance and kiss.

    Act 2, Section 1
  • Soon after

    Joey and Ruth kiss and lie on the sofa, embracing.

    Act 2, Section 1
  • That evening

    Joey and Ruth spend two hours alone upstairs but don't have sex.

    Act 2, Section 2
  • A little later

    Max, Lenny, and Joey make a plan to keep Ruth with them.

    Act 2, Section 2
  • A little later

    Teddy agrees with the plan and offers to return home to take care of the children.

    Act 2, Section 2
  • A little later

    Ruth agrees to stay, making demands of her own, including a contract.

    Act 2, Section 2
  • Soon after

    Sam reveals that MacGregor and Jessie had sex in the back seat of his car.

    Act 2, Section 2
  • Immediately after

    Sam collapses on the floor as the others ignore him.

    Act 2, Section 2
  • Later that evening

    Max and Joey kneel on either side of Ruth, who is seated in Max's chair, as Lenny looks on.

    Act 2, Section 2

Section Summaries Chart

Section Summary
Act 1, Section 1 The play is set in the living room of an old house in North London in the middle of the 20th century. In the room are a ... Read More
Act 1, Section 2 Later that night Max's eldest son, Teddy, a man in his mid-30s, arrives at the house with his wife, Ruth. They let thems... Read More
Act 1, Section 3 In the morning, Joey does some exercises, combs his hair, and shadowboxes in front of the mirror as Max watches. M... Read More
Act 2, Section 1 That afternoon Max, Teddy, Lenny, and Sam are in the living room smoking cigars, when Ruth and Joey bring in a tray of c... Read More
Act 2, Section 2 That evening Teddy and Sam discuss MacGregor. Teddy still wears his coat and has his packed suitcases nearby. Teddy says... Read More
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