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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 30 2017

Garson Kanin's 1946 comedy crackles with sharp-witted dialogue, smartly drawn characters, and almost painfully fresh relevance in Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's timely revival. It concerns a crooked New Jersey scrap metal dealer, Harry Brock, who arrives in the nation's capital aiming to bribe a senator to pass legislation that will undo government regulations and benefit Harry's business. Hoping to make his uneducated but street-smart mistress, ex-showgirl Billie Dawn, a bit more "presentable" to the D.C. power elite, Harry hires a New Republic journalist, Paul Verrall, to tutor Billie, with unanticipated results not to Harry's liking. Kanin's theme—the right of the American people to know what's going on Washington and the people's responsibility to educate themselves and pay attention—is as basic as democracy itself. His targets are political corruption and public apathy—what one character calls "don't-care-ism." "I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in," says Paul in the play's most famous line. The top-flight cast is headed by Eliza Stoughton as Billie, Greg Matthew Anderson as Paul, and Sean M. Sullivan as a cocky, vulgar, yet strangely charismatic Harry. David Darlow directed. —Albert Williams

Price: $42.50-$52.50


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