George S. Kaufman is best known for his collaborations with Moss Hart (The Man Who Came To Dinner, You Can't Take It With You), but he had success as a solo playwright as well. In 1925 his comedy, The Butter And Egg Man, played at the Longacre Theatre and was even chosen by editor Burns Mantle as one of the "Best Plays" for that season.
Now The Butter And Egg Man will get a rare revival at Hollywood, CA's Company of Angels, Feb. 11-April 5. The show tells of novice Broadway producers coping with union troubles, marital squabbles and a lousy out-of-town tryout. The show's title is a friendly slang term referring to investors who serve as gullible angels for shows that have trouble raising funds.
One quirky thing about the comedy is that it features a character named "Mary Martin," described in the stage directions as "the familiar type of slightly passe actress."
Appearing in The Butter And Egg Man at the Company of Angels are Paul Bordman, Betsy Baldwin, Bob Ballew, Susan Kussman, Ivy Jones, Art LaFleur, Katherine Lessner, Helene Moore, Steven J. Oliver, Hank Rogerson, Tirzio Siletti, Don Oscar Smith and Bernie Van De Yacht. Dennis Redfield directs.
For tickets ($15) and information on The Butter And Egg Man call Tickets L.A., (213) 660-8587. According to spokesperson Gail Matsunaga, the Company of Angels troupe tends to specialize in "American classics," such as Waiting For Lefty, Maxwell Anderson's Gods Of The Lightning, and several Horton Foote plays.
-- By David Lefkowitz