Full Length Musical
Period, Romantic Comedy
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1920s
Settings Of Play - The Long Island estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse. The summer before the crash of 1929.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
This hallmark of Marx Brothers lunacy was revived on stage by Chicago’s Goodman Theater and the Williamstown Theater Festival among others. Audiences flocked as critics applauded the antics of Captain Spalding and company at Mrs. Rittenhouse's ritzy weekend gathering.
“The sleight of hand on display in the Goodman’s revival of this 1928 Marx Brothers vehicle is staggering, and that’s not even counting Harpo’s card tricks. Wishcamper’s innovation is to whittle the cast down to a hardworking ensemble of nine, all of whom double or triple. The conceit turns the show into a high-stakes game of three-card monte, effectively intensifying the farce.” – Time Out Chicago
“There are moments in 'Animal Crackers,' the gloriously daffy revival of the Marx Brothers’ Vaudeville-era musical that opens the Williamstown Theatre Festival season, when you feel you just might be coming unhinged from reality. The inspired lunacy on the stage, boosted by surreal patter from Joey Slotnick in the Groucho role, achieves the levity and perfect balance of great animation.” – Albany Times Union
“The great strength of capable young director Henry Wishcapmer’s enjoyable and confident new version of this show is that it celebrates its quirky original milieu, rather than add layers of modern, deconstructive comic tension.” - The Chicago Tribune
"If you treasure the Marx Brothers, you're gonna treasure Animal Crackers. Guided by director Henry Wishcamper, the Goodman Theatre re-creates the Marx Brothers as a showbiz act (or phenomenon, rather) and also a period musical comedy, nailing them both." - Windy City Times
"...Crackers is pure pleasure: Like Harpo, it’s always got another ace up its sleeve." - Time Out Chicago
"Adapter/Director Henry Wishcamper has given Chicago a living, breathing, in-this-moment comedy on a grand scale. Animal Crackers at the Goodman Theatre is, simply put, the finest production of musical comedy that I have ever seen. 4 STARS." - Chicago Theatre Review
Henry Wishcamper's adaptation of Animal Crackers premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in September, 2009.