Switching the locale of the action from the drawing room of Restoration England to the saloons and prairies of the Old West, and transforming the characters from scheming servants and lustful gentry to music hall girls and stalwart cavalrymen, the playwright holds onto the hilariously convoluted structure that has made the original play a timeless delight. As Variety puts it: "Plot elements include standard mistaken identities, long lost son reunited with parents, long estranged parents finding each other, evil landlord foreclosing at the drop of a tumbleweed, an F Troop type of cavalry, an Indian guide who speaks with an Irish brogue, a crusty colonel who's planted progeny all over the wild west, a hero who stops a speeding train with one hand, a lustful and slithery preacher, a foppish son who's been kicked out of more military schools than he can count, ad histrionicum." And so it goes—resulting happily enough, in a slambang, wildly funny farce which provides both a field day for performers and an experience of sheer delight for audiences.
Presented to great popular and critical acclaim at the Mark Taper Forum of the Los Angeles Theatre Center. This hilarious, rip-snorting send-up of the Old West is based on the famous 18th century Restoration comedy of John O'Keeffe. The present version retains the basic plot structure of the original play while ingeniously transferring the events and people to the American frontier of wild and woolly legend. "They sow hilarity throughout the two acts and give a new look to mellerdrama and send up the old west in a decidedly new fashion." —Variety. "It's Americana, it's a goofy spoof of the old Wild West and it's delicious." —Hollywood Reporter. "You won't find more fun this side of Disneyland." —Drama-Logue.