Sidney Hopcroft is a thirty-something, middle-class businessman who appears to own a chain of stores, and later a number of apartment buildings. However, the precise nature of his business is never fully explained. Initially portrayed… read analysis of Sidney Hopcroft
Jane Hopcroft is Sidney Hopcroft’s long-suffering wife. Obsessed with cleaning her house (and, at times, cleaning other people’s houses), she lacks much of a sense of empathy or understanding for other people’s thoughts and… read analysis of Jane Hopcroft
Ronald Brewster-Wright is a local banker who, as the play begins, is seen by his friends and peers as an impressive, successful man whose favor is always worth currying. Over the course of the play… read analysis of Ronald Brewster-Wright
Marion Brewster-Wright is, along with Jane Hopcroft, the character with the fewest number of lines in the play. However, it’s clear from the beginning that she’s an uncomfortable, frequently insecure woman. As the wife… read analysis of Marion Brewster-Wright
Eva Jackson is the volatile wife of Geoffrey Jackson. She’s shown to be mentally unstable in some never-explained way, and in Act One she claims that she has to take pills every few hours… read analysis of Eva Jackson
A local friend of the other characters, known for being funny, sometimes in an obnoxious way, and for being a schoolteacher. Dick Potter never appears onstage.
Dick Potter’s wife, a teacher, like her husband. She also never appears onstage.
A woman with whom Geoffrey Jackson is considering running away in Act Two. Like the Potters, she is only mentioned by name and doesn’t appear onstage.
Owner of a local shopping center.