Full Length Play
Farce, Adaptations (Literature), Period
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 19th Century
Settings Of Play -
Various settings in Yonkers and New York City.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
No Special Cautions
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
From Broadway, From West End
Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in nineteenth-century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder's clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.
"Loud, slap dash and uproarious ... extraordinarily original and funny." - The New York Times
"Rolls along merrily and madly and the customers are convulsed." - New York Journal American
"The lines of Wilder are so often brilliant, sage, and witty." - New York Daily News
"One of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written.” - The Wall Street Journal
“What made Wilder so distinctive among [the] greats of the 20th century was his determination not only to reach out and move people…but rather to offer actual advice for living your life, which is, dear readers, all too brief.” - Chicago Tribune
The Matchmaker opened on Broadway on December 5, 1955 starring Ruth Gordon (Best Actress, Tony Award Nominee), directed by Tyrone Guthrie (Best Director, Tony Award Winner). The Matchmaker ran for 486 performances, Wilder's Broadway record, and closed on February 2, 1957. It was later adapted as the muscial Hello, Dolly!.