Fashions for Men is playing at the Mint Theatre located at 311 West 43rd Street third floor. The play runs two hours forty minutes with two intermissions. It closes March 29, 2015.
The playwright is Ferenc Molnar was born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary on January 12, 1878 and died on April 1, 1952. He came to the United States in 1940 to escape the Nazis.
Fashions for Men was first premiere at the Budapest National Theatre in 1917. It premiered on Broadway in 1922.
Peter Jubasz (Joe Delafield) owns a haberdasher store for men and women in Budapest. He is too trustworthy of people and thinks everyone is honest. His wife Adele (Annie Purcell) has been saving money earned at the store. Peter needs the money to pay off his debts otherwise his creditors will take over the business.
Adele informs him she is no longer in love with him. She has given the money to the salesmen Oscar (John Tufts) so they can start a life somewhere else. Oscar is using the money to start a business and will pay Peter back when he can. One of his other salesmen Philip (Jeremy Lawrence) frowns on this happening.
The Count (Kurt Rhoads) offers Peter a job to help launch a cheese product he is making. Peter accepts the job. Paula (Rachael Napoleon) who works for Peter is very naïve. Peter is very protective of her. She goes to work for the count to help Peter. But she is after the count and his money.
What occurs, you will have to see the show. Does Peter come to his senses; do the Count and Pamela get together?
It is a nice play. The humor is noted dated, it kept me laughing.
I saw the show the third time it played to an audience. Two actors either over played or under played the role. I’m saying it was because they were nervous because there were scenes where they shined.
Kurt Rhoads and Jeremy Lawrence did a great job in their roles.
The set (Daniel Zimmerman) and costumes (Martha Hally) were outstanding.
It is still worth seeing. It’s nice to see a period piece done as if it was brand new.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich
Photos by Annazor.
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