Performances Already SOLD OUT of Dead Writers Staged Benefit Reading THE LEARNED LADIES OF PARK AVE Oct 8-10 2
A jazz-age screwball comedy riff on Moliere’s biting satire of “The Learned Ladies” is about pretense and learning. Betty wants to marry Dicky. Her mother, Phyllis, a self-proclaimed intellectual and political activist, has another man in mind – namely the hack poet and scheming opportunist Upton Gabbitt. Set in 1936 Manhattan against the backdrop of the Great Depression and impending war, this romantic comedy skewers those who wear their social conscience on their sleeve and affirms that love will conquer all.
The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue skewers the “educated” of high society straight through their shallow social, political and personal pretensions. This hilarious comedy, written in rhymed verse, has a surprisingly contemporary feel. While it takes place in the 1936 jazz age of New York City, it definitely hits home today.
Betty wants to marry Dicky. Her mother Phyllis, a self-proclaimed intellectual and political activist, has another man in mind – Upton Gabbitt, the darling of poetic salons whose aim is to marry rich regardless of love.
In the end, everyone gets their just rewards. Performed in a 50-seat cabaret setting, you get an up-close view and personal insight into all the action. You have never seen anything quite like this!