A comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Jim Fippin
They say that fish and houseguests stink after three days. That old saying is proven true indeed in this delightful comedy from the late 1930s!
Upon arriving to dine at the Ohio home of a rich factory owner, a famously grumpy New York radio host slips on ice and breaks his hip — forcing him to stay at the house for weeks! In no time at all, the hapless houseguest proceeds to drive his hosts mad by monopolizing their house, terrorizing their staff, running up large phone bills and inviting strange guests!
The “man” of the play’s title refers to the character Sheridan Whiteside, the sharp-tongued sophisticate who holds court at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stanley. The highly successful playwriting duo Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman created Whiteside in honor of their real-life friend, Alexander Woollcott, the formidable writer and critic. Very much like his theatrical counterpart Whiteside, the imperious Woollcott suffered no fool gladly. A longtime writer for The New Yorker and host of the popular CBS radio show The Town Crier in the mid 1930s, Woollcott was renowned for his poison pen and acidic prose. According to New York University professor Laurence Maslon, Woollcott was the ultimate “taste-tester and taste-maker” who “wielded an opinion and rapier-like wit that few could match.”
Packed with dozens of references to the celebrities, politicians, plays and books that would be well known to the audience of its day, The Man Who Came to Dinner remains a perfect “Who’s Who” of late-1930s popular culture and newsmakers. If you find yourself scratching your head to catch all of the famous names and titles mentioned throughout the play, connect online to George S. Kaufmann's website. Just click on the “archive” section to read a completely fascinating glossary of the play’s numerous citations.
The Man Who Came to Dinner premiered at the Music Box Theatre in New York City on Oct. 16, 1939, and played for 739 performances before closing on July 12, 1941. A film adaptation followed in 1942 and featured two of its best-known original Broadway cast members (Monty Wooley as the overbearing Whiteside and Mary Wickes as his long-suffering nurse Miss Preen). Broadway has seen two additional revivals of the show (in 1980 and in 2000), and the show also inspired a musical version, Sherry!, which played for 72 performances on Broadway in 1967.
Mrs. Ernest Stanley
NICHOLE M. STRONG
ALEX J. NINE
Luncheon Guest (Henderson)/Expressman
Mr. Baker/Radio Technician
PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Assistant Stage Manager
JASEN J. SMITH
Assistant Technical Director/p>