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Our Holiday Show         

Next up at PGLT is "The Man Who Came To Dinner." The show runs during the first half of December; a synopsis is at the bottom of this page. TMWCTD was one of six plays written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Their other big hit was "You Can't Take It With You." It debuted in 1939 and ran for 739 performances. Since then it has been staged professionally many times and has been adapted for radio, film, television and as a musical (only 72 performances).

The play revolves around Sheridan Whiteside, based on Kaufman's and Hart's close friend Alexander Woollcott. Woollcott was famous both as the theater critic who helped re-launch the career of the Marx Brothers and as the star of a national radio show. In these days of television networks, streaming channels, websites, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and 1,000,000 apps it is hard to appreciate just how much sway over the American consciousness radio exercised. Everyone knew who Whiteside represented. Other celebrities caricatured in the play include NoŽl Coward, Harpo Marx and Gertrude Lawrence. Sheridan Whiteside was played by Monty Woolley in the original production. Other notables in the starring role include Clifton Webb, Charles Boyer, Orson Welles, Nathan Lane and Alexander Woollcott himself.

The enduring popularity of Kaufman & Hart is evident in PGLT's past productions. We have performed TMWCTD in 1989 and YCTIWY in 1981 and 1996.

At 78 years old, "The Man Who Came To Dinner" definitely qualifies as a chestnut, but one that still delivers laughs, early and often. Make plans to see this wonderful holiday show performed by PGLT at the Bowie Playhouse.

The Nerd

Monty Woolley as Sheridan Whiteside



2017-2018 season