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'Fashions for Men' Off Broadway Review: Too Good for His Own Good

'Fashions for Men' Off Broadway Review: Too Good for His Own Good
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The prolific and popular Hungarian dramatist Ferenc Molnar, who composed more than 40 plays during his 1910s-30s prime, is best remembered these days – if at all, by most theatergoers -- for “The Play’s the Thing,” “The Swan” and “Liliom,” which later was musicalized as “Carousel.”

The ever-venturesome Mint Theater Company currently offers a rare and handsome staging of Molnar’s “Fashions for Men,” which hit Broadway back in 1922 and likely hasn’t been seen in these parts since.

A slightly cynical comedy mostly set in a smart clothing shop for men and women in Budapest, the story centers on Peter (Joe Delafield), an extremely nice guy who owns the establishment. Peter is so darned kindly that he readily forgives his wife Adele (Annie Purcell) and his best salesman Oscar (Joe Tufts) when they declare themselves in love and leave town with his savings.

Now bankrupt, Peter goes to work as an estate manager for his former customer, the Count (Kurt Rhoads), but Peter’s helplessly saintly ways undermine the nobleman’s cheese-making enterprise. Peter’s well-meaning principles also interfere with the middle-aged Count’s seduction of the gold-digging Paula (Rachel Napoleon), which sorely exasperates both parties.

 

'Lives of the Saints' Off Broadway Review: A Six-Pack of Short Comedies By David Ives

'Lives of the Saints' Off Broadway Review: A Six-Pack of Short Comedies By David Ives
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“Lives of the Saints” is a smart program of six one-act comedies by David Ives, author of “Venus in Fur” and other fine works, who first made ...

'Fish in the Dark' Broadway Review: Larry David Swims Through a Brackish New Comedy

'Fish in the Dark' Broadway Review: Larry David Swims Through a Brackish New Comedy
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW

A dandy time on Broadway for people who don’t like seeing theater, “Fish in the Dark” is a new, um, play written by and starring Larry David.

Premi...

'Brooklynite' Off Broadway Review: Silly Superheroes Strut Their Stuff

'Brooklynite' Off Broadway Review: Silly Superheroes Strut Their Stuff
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A mash-up of misfit superheroes and nerds, “Brooklynite” is an awfully silly new musical produced by the estimable Vineyard Theater, which in ...

Caper Film "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" Based on Real Crime

Caper Film
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

In 1983, a group of amateur kidnappers captured the Dutch beer magnate Freddy Heineken and his driver and held them for three weeks. Eventually, the men ...

Frank Sinatra 100th Anniversary Celebration

Frank Sinatra 100th Anniversary Celebration
BY WINNIE BONELLI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hoboken’s favorite son, Frank Sinatra, continues to evoke images of the good life nearly 17 years after a heart attack dealt its fatal blow on May 14, ...

American Idol Spotlight: Who is Riley Bria?

American Idol Spotlight: Who is Riley Bria?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

American Idol 14 contestant Riley Bria has spent time with program judge Keith Urban before.

The Spring Hill, Tennessee resident was going to school in Pennsylvania when...

Atlantic City Losing Monopoly Game

Atlantic City Losing Monopoly Game
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Not too many people have been collecting $200 in Atlantic City these days, and the trend appears to be continuing.

The classic board game Monopoly turns 80 years old thi...

FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other

FOCUS: Will Smith and Margot Robbie Have Eyes on the Prize - And Each Other
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

If you still harbor fond memories of movies like THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway), CHARADE (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant), ...

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