The Curious Savage, a delightful comedy by John Patrick, is the next play to be performed by the Old Academy Players. It opens on April 29th and runs thru May 15th.
The Curious Savage is the warm-hearted tale of Mrs. Ethel Savage, an eccentric woman who has inherited ten million dollars following the death of her husband.
She plans to use his estate to help further the otherwise unrealizable dreams of ordinary people, but her greedy stepchildren will have none of it. They have Ethel committed to a sanatorium, hoping to bring her to her senses. Once there, Ethel meets a collection of social misfits. Her fellow patients may not be able to handle the outside world, but together they create a private world, in which each is free to act out fantasies, joys, and fears. Together, they are able to help Ethel face her stepchildren.
With warmth and humor, this play examines what it means to be sane, and what it really means to be a family.
The Curious Savage is directed by Old Academy veteran Paul Muscarella of Croydon. It is produced by Michael Boorse (Chestnut Hill) and Mary Jane Fullam (East Falls).
The play runs from April 29th thru May 15th. Tickets are $12. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances (May 8th and May 15th) are at 2 p.m. Parking for all performances is free. For information and res- ervations, call (215) 843-1109, or visit www.oldacademyplayers. org.
Old Academy Players, a non-profit community theater group established in 1923, has been in its almost two hundred year old building, “The Old Academy,” since 1932. Both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky started their acting careers at this charming historic theater, which is located on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls.