A comedy about all of the “joys” of home ownership arrives this weekend at Central High School. Here is a closer look at the show:
What: Central High School’s “George Washington Slept Here”
When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (April 21-23)
Where: Central High School, 24617 75th St.
Tickets: $8 (age 5 and younger free)
Synopsis: The 1940s comedy follows the adventures of Newton Fuller (played by Daniel Persino), a New Yorker who fulfills his dream of buying a colonial farm house in the country and drags his wife, Annabelle (Kaitlyn Shaffer), out to rural Pennsylvania. Area legend indicates George Washington slept in the house, which makes it all the more valuable. The play was made into a 1942 film starring Jack Benny and Ann Sherian.
Director’s Take: “The play is very much a situational comedy,” play director Michael Klimzak said. “Here’s the characters. Here’s a situation. Let’s see you get out of it. Homeowners will relate to all the ups and downs of owning a home. If you’re not a homeowner, you’ll enjoy the relationships. There’s the rich aunt who refuses to give anyone money, a group of overnight guests, a local handyman who happens to be a character in himself and a next door neighbor who wants to get rid of them.”
More information: The play is roughly 2 hours, 30 minutes. There are 16 cast members. It was written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The play opened at the Lyceum Theater in New York City on Oct. 18, 1940. www.westosha.k12.wi.us
— Jeffrey Zampanti