Love in E-Flat

Love in E-Flat is a 1967 comedy play by Norman Krasna.

Love in E-Flat
Written byNorman Krasna
Date premiered8 February 1967
Place premieredBrooks Atkinson Theatre, New York
Original languageEnglish
SettingA converted brownstone on the east side of New York City. Mid-June


Teacher Amy is having an affair with intern Howard. He is jealous of her and bugs her apartment with a listening attack.

Original Production

In August 1966 it was announced the production would be produced by Alfred de Liagre. The producer said he selected it over 500 other plays and liked that it was not concerned with the theatre of the absurd, the theatre of cruelty or theatre of sexual deviation.[1] The following month George Seaton signed to direct; it was Seaton's first show for the legitimate theatre.[2]

By November Hal Buckley and Kathleen Nolan were cast.[3] [4]

It opened February 13, 1967. "It's mild" said Walter Kerr of the New York Times. "It's full of mild people... it's very discrete about its jokes... polite, professional, placid."[5]

The play closed March 4, 1967 after 24 performances.[6][7]

Later Productions

The play went to Los Angeles in 1969.[8]

Elke Sommer appeared in a 1972 production in Chicago.[9]

The Los Angeles Times called a 1975 production "pleasant, rather bland."[10]

Film Adaptation

In September 1970 Lawrence Kasha bought the film rights and hired Krasna to write a script. However no movie resulted.[11]


  1. KRASNA COMEDY DUE THIS WINTER: Producer Says Play Will Eschew the Perverse By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 1 Aug 1966: 22.
  2. NEW TICKET RULES TO BE POSTPONED: Licenses Aide Wants State to Act on Theater Laws By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 19 Sep 1966: 56.
  3. SKULNIK LEAVES 'CHU CHEM' CAST: But Miss Crawford Hopes He Will Rejoin Musical By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 21 Nov 1966: 59.
  4. KRASNA COMEDY DUE THIS WINTER: Producer Says Play Will Eschew the Perverse By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 1 Aug 1966: 22.
  5. Theater: Filtered Play in a Minor Key: 'Love in E Flat' Opens at Brooks Atkinson By WALTER KERR. New York Times 14 Feb 1967: 38.
  6. "Love in E-Flat". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. A Busy Briton Plans to Transfer 2 Shows Here: Peter Bridge Will Also Do 2 American Plays in London 'Promise' and 'Stephen D.' Projected for Next Season By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times (2 Mar 1967: 31.
  8. STAGE NEWS: 'Only Bathtub' to Open March 12 Harford, Margaret. Los Angeles Times 16 Feb 1969: t21.
  9. Perspective: Tower Ticker Wiedrich, Bob. Chicago Tribune 15 June 1972: 26.
  10. STAGE BEAT: Julian Troupe Performs Here Christon, Lawrence. Los Angeles Times 7 Feb 1975: g18.
  11. MOVIE CALL SHEET: Robards Set for 'Quixote' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times 3 Sep 1970: g21.
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