A Little Family Business

by  Jay Presson Allen

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 4f

"A sparking example of Broadway light comedy… A bright and breezy comic bonanza." - WCBS TV

"A crisp, amusing comedy ... [with] snappy, original lines." - Wall Street Journal

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A Little Family Business

by  Jay Presson Allen

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This sparkling comedy starred Angela Lansbury and John McMartin on Broadway. Ben is a conservative, bigoted chauvinist who runs an inherited Massachusetts carpet cleaning factory with a despotic hand. He has a heart attack and goes on a rehabilitating cruise, leaving his equally hard nosed daughter Lillian in charge of the business. Previously more interested in Neiman Marcus catalogues than cleaners, she averts a strike by improving working conditions, increases the profits and thinks of going into politics. Ben returns to find himself stripped of his power. Along the way, there's much comic confusion resulting from their extra marital affairs.
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"A sparking example of Broadway light comedy… A bright and breezy comic bonanza." - WCBS TV "A crisp, amusing comedy ... [with] snappy, original lines." - Wall Street Journal

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Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen, Oscar-nominated screenwriter was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922. At the age of 18, she decided to become an actress in New York City. The charms of the profession soon paled and she married in the early 1940s, moving to southern California.Disenchanted with acting, she ...

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