THE GENERAL LIVES IN A TREE HOUSE
Are you now or have you ever been a teenager?
Are you now or have you ever been the parent of a teenager?
Are you now or have you ever been the grandparent of a teenager?
If your answer is YES to any of the above questions, you owe it to yourself to read this play with us this July.
Friday July 20 at 1:30 in Room A
Tuesday July 24 at 7:00 in Room 9
Halfway up the Tree by Peter Ustinov
To enjoy an 18th century comedy of manners
General Sir Mallalieu St. John Fitzbuttress, VC, Legion of Merit, Croix de Guerre retires from the army and returns home from 4 years in the Malaysian jungle. He has had virtually no contact with his family during that time and discovers that his children have changed. His son has been sent down from Oxford for reasons too despicable to be mentioned in elite society and his daughter is nearing the end of a pregnancy but neither knows nor cares who the father is.
The two kids expect Dad to read them the riot act, threaten to disown them, etc. and they are looking forward to defying him. Instead, he is intensely interested, asks them probing questions, and confines his criticism to telling them they don’t seem to be very good at doing what they are doing. Then he decides to join their lifestyle and show them how to do it right.
The result is hilarious with lots of wickedly funny dialog – but also with more than “a grain or two of truth among the chaff.” Join us at any of the three readings listed above and see for yourself. Send me an e-mail or call me if you’d like more information. Let me know you’re coming – or just show up.
UUCPA Thespians, Philip Hodge, Chair