In line with a slew of political satires opening this fall comes First Lady, a revival of the George S. Kaufman and Katharine Dayton comedy, directed by Yale Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Stan Wojewodski, Jr. at Yale Rep. The show begins previews Oct. 10, and opens Oct. 15.
First Lady concerns a feud between Lucy, the Secretary of State's wife, and her arch-rival Irene, who's married to a dull Supreme Court Justice. Both drop their gloves and play "puppet-mistress" to their Presidential candidate husbands.
When First Lady first opened on Broadway in 1935, New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson called it, "one of the best comedies stamped with the Kaufman trademark." New York's City Center revived the play in 1952, at which time real-life Congresswoman Helen Gahagan played Lucy.
The 1996 New Haven Lucy will be Maureen Anderman, who has appeared on Broadway in Social Security, Benefactors and Kaufman's You Can't Take It With You, among many others. Other major cast members include Susan Browning (Company's original "April," Pippa Pearthree, Peg Murray, Sam Groom, Don Chastain, George Ede, Cecilia Hart and John Randolph Jones.
Collaborating on the revival are costumer Meg Neville, lighting designer Stephen Strawbridge, sound designer Douglas E. Graves and set designer John Coyne. George S. Kaufman won Pulitzer Prizes for his work on The Man Who Came To Dinner and You Can't Take It With You (both co-written with Moss Hart). Katharine Dayton, a Washington correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post, wrote only one other play besides First Lady, 1938's Save Me The Waltz.
For tickets and information on First Lady, which runs to Nov. 2, call (203) 432-1234.
-- By David Lefkowitz