The Schnitzlerian Bedtime Story is the most substantial piece, though, held together by Cooper's pious clerk, frothing with desperation and shame after being seduced by a 'gay lass' (Madeleine Potter). But it hardly makes up for what's gone before.
This trio of comic playlets from the 1930s makes an odd choice for the O'Casey Theater Company's second production - it can't do much for Sean O'Casey's reputation. The End of the Beginning is a painfully extended piece of slapstick in which two weak-minded Irish bumpkins (Gerard McSorley and Risteard Cooper, mugging fit to burst) wreck a house. Direction and acting are atrocious: both are partly redeemed by the following sketch, about two drunken Irishmen outraging gentility in a Pimlico post office.