Theatre Jacksonville rolls out the red carpet for its first ever production of the screwball comedy Twentieth Century by comedy greats Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. The show, newly adapted by Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, Crazy for You), captures the world of the 1930's in a rip roaring train ride cross country where zany characters pop up at every turn.
It's 1933, and with his career on a downslide, egomaniacal Broadway director Oscar Jaffe boards the Twentieth Century Limited and encounters Lily Garland – his former discovery, now a temperamental Hollywood star – on the train between NY and Chicago. He pulls out all the stops in persuading her to return to Broadway in his upcoming show and if he fails, it's the end of the line for him. It's a madcap journey on the rails that will leave you laughing even after the curtain falls.
The cast, under the direction of Jason Collins, includes MaryBeth Antoinette, Paul Jason (PJ) Baker, Rob Conger, Matthew Eunice, David Gile, Roger Lowe, Allen Morton, Tracy Olin, Paul Rowe, Erin Salem-Cohen, Joshua Taylor, Brad Trowbridge, and Joe Wilson.
Twentieth Century originally opened on Broadway in 1932 and has since enjoyed two revivals on the Great White Way, the latest in 2004 starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche. It was also made into a hit film in 1932 with a cast led by Carole Lombard and John Barrymore.