CharactersThe play has four characters: * Mrs. Horace Pringle, a woman of fashion * Elaine, a debutante and Mrs. Pringle's daughter * Dunham, the butler or maid * Mr. Pringle, husband of Mrs. Horace Pringle.
SynopsisMrs. Pringle is preparing to host a dinner party to introduce her daughter, Elaine, to the city's most eligible bachelor, Oliver Farnsworth. Illness and a blizzard force some guests to cancel and the three characters are compelled to try to salvage the evening and the dinner-table layout.
ReceptionWriting in ''The Drama'' magazine, J. Vandervoort Sloan described Gerstenberg as "a progressive young playwright, possibly the best-known and most widely be-played by amateur groups in America" and ''Fourteen'' as belonging "in the 'a' class of her plays". A reviewer for the American Library Association called it an "exemplary social farce". The play was among those "unqualifiedly recommended" for high-school productions in front of "mixed audiences" by a New Jersey public school drama adviser in 1923. The adviser described it as "portraying the contretemps of a dinner party". The play has continued to appeal to theater companies and audiences, with several modern productions. Reviewing a 2007 production in the ''New York Times'', Anne Midgette described ''Fourteen'' as delightfully dated.
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