Triangle Arts & Entertainment
Friday February 12, 2011
by Robert W. McDowell
“The Man Who Came to Dinner” Opens at RLT
Raleigh Little Theatre will open its lively community-theater production of The Man Who Came to Dinner, a vintage three-act comedy by George S. Kaufman (1889-1961) and Moss Hart (1904-61), at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11th in its Cantey V. Sutton Main Stage Theatre. RLT held its first organizational meeting on Feb. 11, 1936, but the theater did not perform The Man Who Came to Dinner until February 1942.
“I knew the  movie from back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth,” quips RLT artistic director Haskell Fitz-Simons, who is directing The Man Who Came to Dinner for the first time, “but I guess my first real introduction to the play came when I was an apprentice in a production at the Alley Theatre in Houston back in 1974 or 1975, and played a variety of the ensemble roles. That was such an eye-opener for this style comedy in theater. Oh boy, they don’t write them like this anymore.
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