THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Leon and Kathy Compton
November 12 to December 10
During the run of our Christmas production, Riverfront Playhouse will provide a FREE non -alcoholic drink, plus place your name in a drawing for future tickets when you bring a non- perishable food item to the theatre. We will distribute the food items to both the Good News Rescue Mission and the HIV Food Bank Help yourself to some laughs, while helping others to survive.
THE STORY: Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl’s charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. The ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. This show is full of twists and turns, unusual characters and great comedic moments.