Precious Sons

by  George Furth

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"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 

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Precious Sons

by  George Furth

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! 1986 Drama Desk Award for Best New Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The south side of Chicago, June 1949.

Casting

3m, 2f
ART
FREDDY
BEA
FRED
SANDRA
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Authors

George Furth

George Furth

Precious Sons premiered at the Longacre Theatre in New York City in March 1986 under the direction of Norman Rene.

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