Life with Father

3/27/2014 - 4/13/2014
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Mainstage
"Life with Father" -- March 27 to April 13, 2014

Running March 27 to April 13, 2014

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

A comedy based on stories by Clarence Day
Dramatized by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Directed by Sarah May

Life with Father “is a loving look at a boisterous American family that has no agenda except to make us smile and laugh at ourselves,” says the show’s director, Sarah May.

A loveable curmudgeon stands at the center of this delightful comedy, which pokes gentle fun at the art of parenting. Set in New York City in the late 1880’s, Clarence Day is the “father” of the show’s title, and he’s a patriarch who rules with an iron fist — but mother knows best!

A benevolent despot, Mr. Day is a man with high expectations — and a short fuse! Undermined at every turn by his wife, children and a constantly changing cast of household servants, this headstrong ruler of the roost attempts to bring a stern, business-like approach to everyday household activities. Invariably, no one can match his rigid standards.

Meanwhile, Vinnie — Mr. Day’s tender-hearted “better half” — struggles tirelessly to convince her stubborn husband to be baptized, else he'll never be able to enter the Kingdom of God!

Even though the play takes place in the late 1880s, present-day Americans of all stripes and sizes will smile with identification at the humorous truths revealed in Life with Father. The domestic squabbles between Father and Mother — over such things as household bills, charge accounts, social obligations, child rearing and visiting relatives — demonstrate clearly that some things never change (especially when it comes to family dynamics and the constant negotiations between men and women!).

Press Clippings

CLICK HERE to read the Akron Beacon Journal's review of the play.

CLICK HERE to read the West Side Leader's review of the play.

CLICK HERE to read theater blogger Kevin Joseph Kelly's review of the play.

CLICK HERE to read the Knight Foundation Arts Blog's review of the play
BACKGROUND ON THIS SHOW: Life with Father is based on a series of stories written by Clarence Day, Jr., which were first published in The New Yorker magazine and then compiled for publication as a book in 1935. The humorous stories are the semi-autobiographical depictions of the writer’s father, Clarence Day, Sr., and depict him as a benevolent despot who clashes with his family over all matters. The stories were adapted for the stage by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (with Lindsay himself playing the role of “Father” in the original Broadway production). Opening in 1939, the play closed in 1947 after 3,224 performance — which to this very day makes Life with Father the longest-running non-musical play in Broadway history. A popular 1947 film adaptation of the play starred William Powell as Clarence (“Father”) and Irene Dunne as Vinnie (“Mother) and was nominated for four Academy Awards. In 1953, a television series based on the show premiered on CBS. With Leon Ames as Father and Lurene Tuttle as mother, the TV show ran until July 1955. Weathervane Playhouse first staged Life with Father in October 1948 under the direction of Jesse Skrilitz.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $5 and $21

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $15 on Thursday, March 27 only.
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances After March 27
$21 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$19 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$5 for children (ages 17 and younger) and college students at all performances

Group Discounts
$15 per ticket for groups of 10 or larger — plus ticket No. 11 is FREE for the group leader!

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

(Note: GROUP orders are NOT available ONLINE. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

JIM FIPPIN
Clarence Day, Sr.

TARI LYN BERGOINE
Vinnie Day

ERIC LUCAS
Clarence Day, Jr.

WILL PRICE
John Day

OWEN DESBERG
Whitney Day

SPENCER DESBERG
Harlan Day

JENNY BARRETT
Cora

ERIN MOORE
Mary Skinner

RICHARD WORSWICK
Rev. Dr. Lloyd

STEVE BOARDMAN
Dr. Humphreys

JOHN GRAFTON
Dr. Somers

APRIL DEMING
Margaret

KAY CAPREZ
Annie

SASHA DESBERG
Delia

MADELYN E. FRANCIS
Nora

JENNIFER DESBERG
Maggie

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SARAH MAY
Director

SCOTT CRIM
Stage Manager

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Lighting Designer

JENNIFER MAXSON DRAHER
Properties Designer

MICHELLE CONNER
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesdays—Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 p.m.

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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