Nominee! 1986 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play
This finely wrought autobiographical drama is about a Chicago family's financial struggles in the late 1940's. Fred Small has a chance for a promotion that would necessitate moving to another city. The youngest son is caught between his desire to be an actor and his father's determination that he finish high school and go to college. Bea, the wife and mother, has her own ideas about how the family should be run. Ed Harris and Judith Ivey starred as Fred and Bea in the Broadway premiere.
"Contains an emotional force that approaches terror...Is Bea the monster she seems?...Is Fred an insensitive hulk who deserves to have his dreams trampled by a wife he's unwittingly repressed? Where does love fit into all this?" - Newsweek
"Furth creates convincing people and he appreciates the timeless give and take of family life, its perilous candor and its resilience." - Time
"Wonderfully real characters...A play about real things [with] honest emotions couched in comedy." - WABC TV
Precious Sons premiered at the Longacre Theatre in New York City in March 1986 under the direction of Norman Rene.