Our American Cousin
By Tom Taylor/ Adaptation by Lance Davis
Major ProductionOctober 19 – November 10, 2019
Preview – October 18 (Pay What You Wish)
Fridays @ 8:00pm
Saturdays @ 3:00pm and 8:00pm
Sundays @ 3:00pm
“You sockdolagizing old mantrap!”
A boisterously comic melodrama and a magical comedy in the charming Parson’s Nose tradition. There will be hissing, cheering and a song or two. How often does the whole family get to boo something together? We remember that fateful event in Ford’s Theater 150 years ago, but we also want to honor the seldom seen work of Tom Taylor, the joyously accomplished British farceur.
The story of poor Lise (rhymes with “fleece”), an awkward French girl whose mother has died and unsuspecting father remarried to a conniving woman and her daughters.
The plot, such as it is, deals with an English family living in the countryside. They receive a visit from a long-lost awkward, boorish, but honest American relative by the name of Asa Trenchard when he goes to England to claim the family estate. The story goes on to reveal the deception about an unpaid debt and a confusing course of marriages and greed.
Running time: 90 minutes + intermission