3/27/2014 - 4/13/2014
Running March 27 to April 13, 2014
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
A comedy based on stories by Clarence Day
Dramatized by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Directed by Sarah May
Life with Father “is a loving look at a boisterous American family that has no agenda except to make us smile and laugh at ourselves,” says the show’s director, Sarah May.
A loveable curmudgeon stands at the center of this delightful comedy, which pokes gentle fun at the art of parenting. Set in New York City in the late 1880’s, Clarence Day is the “father” of the show’s title, and he’s a patriarch who rules with an iron fist — but mother knows best!
A benevolent despot, Mr. Day is a man with high expectations — and a short fuse! Undermined at every turn by his wife, children and a constantly changing cast of household servants, this headstrong ruler of the roost attempts to bring a stern, business-like approach to everyday household activities. Invariably, no one can match his rigid standards.
Meanwhile, Vinnie — Mr. Day’s tender-hearted “better half” — struggles tirelessly to convince her stubborn husband to be baptized, else he'll never be able to enter the Kingdom of God!
Even though the play takes place in the late 1880s, present-day Americans of all stripes and sizes will smile with identification at the humorous truths revealed in Life with Father. The domestic squabbles between Father and Mother — over such things as household bills, charge accounts, social obligations, child rearing and visiting relatives — demonstrate clearly that some things never change (especially when it comes to family dynamics and the constant negotiations between men and women!).
CLICK HERE to read the Akron Beacon Journal's review of the play.
CLICK HERE to read the West Side Leader's review of the play.
CLICK HERE to read theater blogger Kevin Joseph Kelly's review of the play.
CLICK HERE to read the Knight Foundation Arts Blog's review of the play
BACKGROUND ON THIS SHOW: Life with Father is based on a series of stories written by Clarence Day, Jr., which were first published in The New Yorker magazine and then compiled for publication as a book in 1935. The humorous stories are the semi-autobiographical depictions of the writer’s father, Clarence Day, Sr., and depict him as a benevolent despot who clashes with his family over all matters. The stories were adapted for the stage by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (with Lindsay himself playing the role of “Father” in the original Broadway production). Opening in 1939, the play closed in 1947 after 3,224 performance — which to this very day makes Life with Father the longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history. A popular 1947 film adaptation of the play starred William Powell as Clarence (“Father”) and Irene Dunne as Vinnie (“Mother) and was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 1953, a television series based on the show premiered on CBS. With Leon Ames as Father and Lurene Tuttle as mother, the TV show ran until July 1955. Weathervane Playhouse first staged Life with Father in October 1948 under the direction of Jesse Skrilitz.
Clarence Day, Sr.
TARI LYN BERGOINE
Clarence Day, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Lloyd
MADELYN E. FRANCIS
THE CREATIVE TEAM
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
JENNIFER MAXSON DRAHER
JASEN J. SMITH
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director
Assistant Technical Director