I recently read this play for a seminar I’m taking and once again, I was taken in by the back cover description, but was disappointed when I actually read the play.
The story follows an Englishman named Wormold who lives in Havana, Cuba and is recruited to be part of the Secret Service and is asked to get some spies to work alongside him. Wormold pretends to recruit some spies and even comes up with their fake names. He does this in order to get more money for himself.
As the story unfolds, it turns out that the people who Wormold “recruits” are real people and are being killed. So it sounds like a cool play, but the way the action happens is in a very boring and slow way.
It’s very short and a quick read. It took me about an hour and a bit to finish reading it. So if you’re interested in giving it a try it won’t take too much of your time.