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Life with Father

Life with Father
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Clarence Day
Adapted by: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
# of Pages: 109
Pub. Date: 1948
ISBN-10: 0822206617
ISBN-13: 9780822206613
Cast Size: 8 women, 8 men

About the Play:

Life with Father is a full-length drama adapted for the stage by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, based on a humorous autobiographical book of stories about his father compiled by Clarence Day. A joyous and sentimental glance at the Day family, set in Manhattan in the late 19th century. It involves patriarch Clarence Day, his family, and relations who fail to see the point of hotels. The themes of first love, old love, and the enduring lure of family made it the longest running non-musical in the history of Broadway and is a comedic delight for all ages. Especially recommended for school and contest use.

Life with Father is a picture of New York upper middle class family life in the 1890s. Clarence Day's wonderful comic tales of his father, Clarence Day, Sr., portray a rambunctious, overburdened Wall Street broker who demands that everything from his family (his long-suffering wife Vinnie and four young sons) should be just so. When it isn't, all hell breaks loose and an amusing sight it is too from a safe enough distance. He is intolerant and tyrannical in his constant battle to harness the world to his way of thinking. The more he rails against his staff, his loyal cook, his wife, his horse, salesmen, holidays, his children and the inability of the world to live up to his impossible standards, the more comical and lovable he becomes to his own family who love him despite it all. Clarence Day's Life with Father, originally serialized in The New Yorker, is a timeless classic of American humour.

Life with Father premiered in 1939 at the Empire Theatre on Broadway, and ran for almost eight years, compiling a then mind-boggling 3,224 performances; it is the longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history. This heralded play has become a classic of the American theatre and is a staple of community theatres, regional repertory houses, middle schools and high schools.

Cast: 8 women, 8 men

About the Playwright:

Howard Lindsay, born Herman Nelke, (1889-1968) and Russel Crouse (1893-1966) collaborated on a succession of Broadway comedies and musicals. Their twenty-eight-year writing, producing, and theatre-management partnership was one of the longest collaborations of any in Broadway history. It was also one of the most brilliant. In 1946 their play State of the Union took home the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1960 The Sound of Music won the Tony for Best Musical.