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The Iceman Cometh | Act Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • All night

    A group of men and women wait for the arrival of Theodore Hickman.

    Act 1
  • Early that morning

    Hickey arrives and announces that he has found peace in sobriety.

    Act 1
  • Before midnight

    The preparations for a birthday party begin.

    Act 2
  • During that time

    Anger and violence erupt in response to Hickey's pursuit of truth.

    Act 2
  • During the toasts

    Hickey announces that Evelyn, his wife, is dead.

    Act 2
  • The next morning

    The group, disappointed and angry, slowly reconvenes.

    Act 3
  • First thing

    Parritt attempts to confide in Larry Slade and is rejected.

    Act 3
  • That same morning

    Insults, racial slurs, and violent threats destroy the group's good fellowship.

    Act 3
  • Within the hour

    McGloin, Mosher, Mott, Lewis, and Wetjoen turn in the keys to their hotel rooms.

    Act 3
  • Shortly afterward

    Harry tries and fails to leave the bar.

    Act 3
  • Within moments

    As Harry despairs, Hickey tells Larry that Evelyn was murdered.

    Act 3
  • At the same time

    Parritt fails to get Larry's attention and suffers increasing guilt over his mother's plight.

    Act 3
  • The next day

    Anger breaks out across the group; Parritt pesters Larry for attention.

    Act 4
  • Within moments

    Hickey confesses to shooting Evelyn to end their mutual misery.

    Act 4
  • Hickey's confession

    Parritt feels increasingly guilty about his treatment of his mother.

    Act 4
  • Just afterward

    Moran and Lieb arrest Hickey for murder; the group claims insanity as a defense for Hickey.

    Act 4
  • In the next minutes

    Parritt fails to get Larry's attention, comes to a decision, and leaves the room.

    Act 4
  • Soon afterward

    Larry sees Parritt commit suicide by jumping off the fire escape.

    Act 4
  • As the curtain falls

    The group members sing and laugh while Larry remains oblivious.

    Act 4

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 When the curtain opens, there are 11 men—all alcoholics—dozing, drinking, and dreaming in the back room at Harry Hope's ... Read More
Act 2 The second act begins with the preparation for Harry Hope's party. Hickey has contributed a birthday cake, flowers, and ... Read More
Act 3 The act opens midmorning on the day after Harry Hope's birthday party. Rocky is working Chuck's day shift because Chuck ... Read More
Act 4 It is 1:30 a.m. on the morning of the day after Harry Hope's birthday. Larry Slade, Hugo Kalmar, and Don Parritt are tog... Read More
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