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Philadelphia Story, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Philadelphia Story, The

Philip Barry

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Full Length Play, Comedy

9m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573613975

This Broadway hit starred Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord, of the Philadelphia Lords, a headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven, she is engaged to a successful young snob. A society weekly sends a reporter and female photographer to cover the wedding arrang…

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Full Length Play

Comedy

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Philadelphia suburbs, 1930's. The action takes place int he course of twenty-four hours at Seth Lord's house in the country, near Philadelphia.

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This Broadway hit starred Katharine Hepburn as Tracy Lord, of the Philadelphia Lords, a headstrong and spoiled daughter of the privileged. Divorced from C.K. Dexter Haven, she is engaged to a successful young snob. A society weekly sends a reporter and female photographer to cover the wedding arrangements. Tracy finds herself growing interested in the reporter Mike Connor, and following the pre-wedding bash, they take a moonlight swim and are then surprised by Dexter and the fiancé. The following morning her intended smugly forgives her, enraging Tracy, who breaks off the engagement. Connor offers to marry her, but she turns him down and remarries Dexter, the real love of her life, after all.
The Philadelphia Story premiered at the Shubert Theatre in New York on March 28, 1939.
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9m, 6f

ELSIE
ELIZABETH IMBRIE
THOMAS
C. K. DEXTER HAVEN
GEORGE KITTREDGE
EDWARD
MACAULAY CONNOR
MIKE
TRACY SAMATHA LORD
SETH LORD
DINAH LORD
WILLIAM TRACY
MAC
MAY
ALEXANDER LORD

Author
Philip Barry

Philip Barry

Philip Jerome Quinn Barry (1896–1949) was born in Rochester, New York, to a successful Irish immigrant and a mother who was of old Philadelphia Irish‐Catholic stock. Young Barry was a frail child with defective eyesight, yet despite his myopia he became an avid reader and a precocious wit, entering Yale in 1914 and plunging eagerly into campus literary activities. During World War I, he was ... view full profile

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Jerrold Scott 2/9/2015 3:58 PM
Dana Hein 2/4/2013 2:28 AM
I had the opportunity (and took it) to direct this in a small amphitheater in a rural community. I have always loved Philip Barry and consider this to be his signature work. The expectations that  people in the audience had though really came so much from the movie based on this script that it literally felt bogged down by many out-dated cultural and political references, especially I think due to the nature of the audience. It took a great deal of work to get the cast to keep up the pace that is required to make this show move along and keep the humor rolling. Every show requires enunciation & pronunciation and projection, but they are critical to the success of this show. The set turned out beautifully as it is well suited to a big stage and we were able to create a set that incorporated both the interior and exterior settings comfortably so that we could dispense with any unnecessary pauses for set changes and have just one intermission. Costuming was fun but very expensive (by my theater company's standards), we did however win an award for it. That said, it is a fabulous script to play with and a true classic.

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