The Show-Off


May 11, 1926


Bloomington High School Auditorium


Amy Fisher’s parents can’t understand what their daughter sees in Aubrey Piper, a loudmouth braggart who pretends to be more than the lowly clerk he is. Amy marries Aubry even though he can’t seem to stop insulting others or interfering with their lives. He accidentally sets her inventor brother Joe’s laboratory on fire. He also wrecks a car while driving it without a license. He is kicked off a radio show for offending the sponsor and ruins Joe’s deal with a paint company by demanding the inventor be paid $100,000. Things go from bad to worse as Amy and Aubry move in with her parents. In the end, a change of heart from the paint company’s boss seals Joe’s deal and Aubrey gets the credit, pleasing everyone.

Author: George Kelly

Historian’s Corner

“The Show Off” by George Kelly was the runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1924.