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Penn’s Village Reads Short Stories

“How to Win a Mink” by Anita Loos

“The Coarse Actor Prepares,” by Michael Green and

“Fur,” by Saki

This Evening Reads will feature three humorous stories to make you forget about any holiday drama.

We start with “How to Win a Mink,” by Anita Loos, who is famous for commenting on women’s liberation: “They keep getting up on soapboxes and proclaiming that women are brighter than men. That’s true, but it should be kept very quiet or it ruins the whole racket.” A veteran of Hollywood screenwriting, Loos is best known today for her wickedly funny novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Polly will then move on to a sequel from a previous reading called A Coarse Actor Prepares by Michael Green. Green updates his description of a coarse actor to include: “one who can remember their lines but not the order in which they come; one whose eyebrows are attached to their feet (so every facial expression involves the whole body as well; one who limps on both legs simultaneously; and one who knows everybody else’s lines better than their own.”

Finally, Fur is a humorous short story by the British author Hector Hugh Munro, who wrote under the pseudonym of Saki. In the story, a young woman named Suzanne wants to encourage a wealthy relative to buy her an expensive present for her birthday. Her friend Eleanor comes up with a clever plan to help her steer him towards a silver-fox stole but when Suzanne refuses Eleanor's request for a favor in return, the plan takes an unexpected turn.

Polly MacIntyre started acting in Houston, Texas during the1980s, eventually becoming a company member at Main Street Theater. She created “Belles of Dublin,” an evening of Irish theatre and music. Polly’s film work includes “Bob and the Trees,” which won the Grand Prize at the Karlovy Vary Festival and “Down With the King,” which premiered recently at Cannes and won the Grand Prix at the Deauville Film Festival.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Meeting ID:
889 2562 3801
Additional Info:
Registration is required before Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM
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Please register on the Penn’s Village website, by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteer partners. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join Penn’s Village or pay $10 per additional program.

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