A Scar is Born is Eric Nicol’s hilarious tale of his (mis)adventures in New York from August to October 1967. The following is taken from the flap copy of A Scar is Born, published by The Ryerson Press in 1968:
“In 1966, a new comedy by Eric Nicol opened to sell-out houses and cheering audiences in Vancouver. Like Father, Like Fun then travelled to Toronto where, despite the slings and arrows of an outraged critic, it played to delighted thousands. Then on to Montreal.
Encouraged by its Canadian success, an optimistic entrepreneur decided to subject Nicol’s farce – complete with a new cast, new director and new title – to the bright lights of Broadway.
On the evening of Friday, October 6th, 1967, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, A Minor Adjustment had its official opening.
On the evening of Saturday, October 7, 1967, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, A Minor Adjustment had its official closing. After three performances. “For the first time in my life, I envied the longevity of 48-hour ‘flu’, writes the author.
They are all here: the play doctors, whose diagnosis revealed that ‘the play could use a new ending, a new beginning – and possibly a new middle…the other parts are firm’; the director, who invited the author to stay away during rehearsals; the patrons of the Algonquin Hotel, who take bows coming out of the elevator; and the inevitable New York publicist named ‘Marty’.
Nicole views them all with the infectious good humour which has won him thousands of faithful fans across Canada, A Scar Is Born will win him thousands more.
Eric Nicol was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1919. He received his B.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1941. After serving with the Air Force for three years, he returned to university to complete his M.A. He spent one year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, then moved to London to write for radio and television. In 1951 he returned to Vancouver where he became a columnist for Vancouver’s The Province. Nicol published over 40 books, won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour three times and was appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 2000. Nicol died in 2011 at the age of 91.