I tried the first for a while and then I started to write this play about a junkman in politics. It was going to be a drama, but Judy Holliday came along and it turned into a comedy. The blitzkrieg was literally happening over his head as he scrawled his first draft of Born Yesterday. I have this image of him hunkered in his room attempting to write his All Quiet on the Western Front, some sort of scathing indictment of capitalism and government corruption. But in the end he came away with this deliciously subversive comedy.
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Photo by Carol Rosegg. Far from it. Posner makes sure that personal transformations are front and center. Posner also provides for line delivery and movement pacing so that s morality on issues including that a woman must be married and cannot have her own agency remains front-and-center.
From the lead to the surrounding ensemble, there is such a shared vitality among them. But Kimberly Gilbert in the central role of Billie Dawn is the sun around which other cast members rotate.
Gilbert is beyond electric. She is the Northern Lights. OK now, here is a synopsis of Born Yesterday. His small entourage includes his longtime live-in companion, and former Broadway chorus member Billie Dawn Kimberly Gilbert , first heard with a high pitched voice and an open style of physically presenting herself, then subtly, ingeniously changing all but her voice.
Brock has made his millions as a shrewd or perhaps corrupt is a better word junk dealer and a full believer in free enterprise—as long as he is the winner. It is the end of WWII. Brock sees opportunity everywhere to make more money. Maybe even a cartel would be good for him. But to make his mark, Brock needs to change some American laws and regulations that get in the way of his plans.
As Born Yesterday progresses to its ending, issues beyond the treatment of women, including the transformation of Billie Dawn into a position of power and agency come forth to add more interest. Into her own power. Into ownership of her own body and mind. As Billie says, there will be surprises coming. But, make no mistake. Brock may be lovable in his own way when he and Billie play gin rummy as if in a scene from The Honeymooners with Art Carney and Jackie Gleason from back in the day.
But Brock goes way beyond merely verbally lashing out, showing his true character as a bully and abuser. He is not lovable. Just rich and entitled. Costume Designer Kelsey Hunt clothed the cast in character-driven outfits. She is captivating. Her eyes shine when she delivers a line. You will regret it if you miss her in Born Yesterday.
Yes, this show is a winner. Running Time: Approximately two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission. For tickets, call the box office at , or purchase them online.
Note: The production is recommended for ages 12 and older.
What a great show! Born Yesterday, set in Washington DC, features Harry Brock, an arrogant, self-important millionaire, his lawyer and fixer, shady business practices, money in politics , and an investigative reporter, Paul Verrall, trying to preserve the ideals of a free democracy. The three main characters are all allegories of the eternal struggle between rich and poor, the selfish and the unselfish, and the role of ignorance in the decay of democracy. And yet…this is a great comedy; an easy way to learn and think about current issues and have some great laughs at the same time!
Review: ‘Born Yesterday’ at Ford’s Theatre
Photo by Carol Rosegg. Far from it. Posner makes sure that personal transformations are front and center. Posner also provides for line delivery and movement pacing so that s morality on issues including that a woman must be married and cannot have her own agency remains front-and-center. From the lead to the surrounding ensemble, there is such a shared vitality among them.
Born Yesterday: Comedy in 3 Acts
Here, he intends to convince those in Congress to vote his way. Can trouble be far behind? A fourth will be joining them: Garson Kanin. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in. His father, a real estate developer, bought a movie theater, and Kanin began studying silent films — sometimes frame by frame, in the projection booth. He also performed in radio and had a recurring role on The Goldbergs.
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