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Emery Erin Hamami
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad
Gunston Arts Center
2700 S. Lang Street Arlington
Facetiously described by the playwright as "A Pseudoclassical Tragifarce in a Bastard French Tradition," this antic, absurdist black comedy about the most dysfunctional family imaginable was an Off-Broadway sensation, a movie, and one of the great charade titles ever. It also launched the career of one of America's most daring and versatile playwrights, and is just as lively and funny, if not as shocking, as it was fifty years ago. Tyler Herman directs.
Presented by American Century Theater
Thru - Apr 12, 2014
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes, no intermission
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Reviews
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DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended
"...Oh Mum, Oh Dad, Arthur Kopit must be mad! Zaniness abounds in The American Century Theater’s (TACT) hysterical production of Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad . It took an outrageous and eccentric mind to come up with the play’s title and match it with an equally crazy story about a psychotic woman, facetiously named Madame Rosepettle, whose travelling companions include her dead husband, stuttering, immature son, a talking, cat eating fish, and carnivorous plants. To add to the unusual, this improbable, farcical parody of a mother and son’s twisted relationship was written in just five days, when Kopit was barely 23. Back in 1959, he was a restless Harvard Engineering graduate exploring theatre in search of fulfilment, completely unsuspecting that his first piece would receive the Vernon Rice Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play of 1962, end up on Broadway, and be turned into a movie."
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DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended
Oh, Dad. Oh, brother!
A comic bird, heavy on the dark meat, Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad gives us a little family that makes the Addams brood look like the Waltons. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste, Oh, Dad is like an exotic meal, but it is certainly one worth sampling.
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