A Thousand Clowns - Act 2, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

Herb Gardner
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Act 2, Part 2 Summary

This scene takes place in Arnold's office, busy and messy with a speaker phone on the desk. As the scene begins, the voice of Chuckles the Chipmunk is heard, speaking the introduction to his show in childlike language. After he finishes, the way he speaks changes and he starts talking like Leo, the actor who portrays Chuckles. As Arnold enters and listens, Leo's voice comes over the speaker-phone, talking about how great a writer Murray was, how he feels like a phony with his voice coming over the speaker phone, and asking whether Murray will be coming back. Arnold says he doesn't know, adding that he sent Murray over to another job interview. Arnold's secretary speaks through the intercom announcing that Murray has arrived. Arnold says goodbye to Leo, who hangs up, just as Murray enters, dressed in a new suit. As Arnold repeatedly asks...

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