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"Dream Girl" by Elmer Rice

  • The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium The Sanctuary at St. Mary's Church, 3916 Locust Walk Philadelphia, PA USA (map)

Beginning on Feb. 5 and running through Feb. 24, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium presents Elmer Rice’s “Dream Girl,” directed by Tina Brock. Opening night is Feb. 7. For tickets:

In “Dream Girl,” a young woman's efforts at running a bookstore are undermined by her drifting into Walter Mitty-like flights of fancy.

”Dream Girl” features a cast of 10 playing 32 characters bringing the heroines extravagant and comic daydreams to life.

Elmer Rice (1892 - 1967) was an American playwright, director, and novelist noted for his innovative and polemical plays.  In “The Adding Machine” (1923) Rice adapted techniques from German Expressionist theatre to depict the dehumanization of man in the 20th century, including “Street Scene” (1929), Rice's starkly realistic Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy, which was adapted into a popular musical featuring lyrics by Langston Hughes, music by Kurt Weill.

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