Piese de George S. Kaufman

Animal Crackers
The scene is the Long Island estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse, a wealthy patroness of the arts with a marriageable daughter. Her celebrity weekend guest is the renowned Captain Jeffrey Spaulding, the African Explorer. He arrives with his secretary, Horatio Jameson, followed by pair of "musicians": Ravelli and the Professor. What follows is typical Marxian lunacy, involving a stolen painting, a surreal bridge game, a Broadway gossip columnist named Wally Winston, a financial wizard formerly known as Abie the Fish Peddler, and a climatic burlesque of Marie Antoinette and the Three Musketeers.
Beggar on Horseback
Neil McRae is a composer of serious music who orchestrates popular songs in order to keep a roof over his head; he dreams of a better life and Cynthia, the terribly pleasant girl down the hall, dreams of Neil. On the advice of a doctor friend, however, Neil proposes to the daughter of a rich industrialist. But, clearly such a materialistic future preys on Neil's mind—in an extended dream sequence, he murders his potential fiancée and her family and goes to trial for his crimes and is sentenced to churn out an endless stream of innocuous popular tunes. Upon waking, he comes to his senses and attempts the future with Cynthia, who has been patiently waiting for him.
The play is set in a theatrical boarding house in New York, where the "star performer" is a Hungarian émigré, a playwright who dreams of recreating his brilliant theatrical troupe in America. Surrounded by the colorful figures of other artists struggling to make it in Show Biz, Zoltan Laszko makes a go of it, thanks to pluck and luck only found in the Big Apple.
Bring on the Girls!
In the heady days of the New Deal, the government was dispensing a check to thousands of worthy organizations around the country. Two unscrupulous bankers decide to bilk Washington, DC by starting a phony railroad, farm, and bank securities system—all based out of their New York apartment. When they send the government photographs of their attractive secretaries, the money starts rolling in.
Dinner at Eight
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Jordan of 927 Park Avenue, entertained at dinner last night in honor of Lord and Lady Ferncliffe. The dinner party hosted by the Jordans turns out to be the most disastrous theatrical banquet since the Scottish play. Despite her attempts throw the perfect dinner, Mille Jordan is confounded by events beyond her considerable control: Dan Packard, a business tycoon has just gobbled up her husband's shipping line; Packard's wife, Kitty, is having an affair with Dr. Talbot; Millie's daughter is having an affair with the aging matinee idol Larry Renault, who is suicidal over his career prospects; and the glamorous Carlotta Vance, a former paramour of Oliver's is about to sell all her stock in his company to Dan Packard.
Based on a well-known comic heroine made popular in Frank Pierce Adams' column, the play is an engaging comedy about an incipient business deal among suburban neighbors that nearly falls apart—until our heroine, Duclinea, a kind of endearing dingbat in the Gracie Allen mode, saves the day with her innocent brand of common sense.
First Lady
Set among the elegant townhouses of Georgetown, this political comedy focuses on the intrigues that go on among the elite "power" hostesses of Washington DC and their ambitions. A feud has existed for years between the manipulative Irene Hibbard and her rival, Lucy Chase Wayne, one of the capital's most elegant and quick-witted hostesses and wife of a Cabinet official. When both women try to put forward the men in their lives as a possible presidential candidate, the feud becomes all-out war. Irene wants to back a handsome bachelor Senator, while Lucy hopes to become First Lady by supporting her own husband; complicated negotiations and false rumors erupt into an all-out scandal that consumes the social life of Washington and changes the fate of the nation.
George Washington Slept Here
Newton Fuller fulfills a lifetime ambition: to own his very own colonial farmhouse—a home in the country. He drags his wife, Annabelle, and their daughter, Madge, out to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to set up homesteading in a wreck of a house—broken windows, falling plaster, and a cow in the kitchen. But, Newton has faith—after all, George Washington slept there, so it's even a part of history.
Hollywood Pinafore
This musical captures the broad personalities, the social satire, the plot contrivances and unforgettable music from the D'Oyly Carte days. Joseph Porter is the bumbling head of Pinafore Pictures wants to be married to screen idol Brenda Blossom, who'd far prefer to marry the poor but well-meaning script writer Ralph Rackstraw. Faced with the terrible prospect of being poor and having to earn her living acting on a stage—"And should you give a bad performance upon the stage, the critics will actually say so in print," warns her agent, Dick Live-Eye—Brenda is in despair. But, at the final curtain, all is saved when movie columnist Louhedda Hopsons reveals that through a mix-up in her column, it is Rackstraw who should be studio chief, while Porter is demoted to being a lowly screenwriter.
I'd Rather Be Right
Attending the annual Fourth of July concert in Central Park, young Phil Smith and Peggy Jones can't quite transcend the day's bad news—Phil hadn't got the raise he had been expecting. The couple wants to get married—if only they knew if President Roosevelt were going to balance the budget, that would be a big help.
If Men Played Cards as Women Do
Four virile men play bridge with a suspiciously feminine line of conversation.
June Moon
It's the end of the Roaring Twenties and Tin Pan Alley—a small street of songwriters and publishers in New York's West 20s—provided the musical accompaniment to the era. Aspiring lyricist Fred Stevens ventures from Schenectady to the Big City, because "that's where they got the Mecca for a man if he's got the song-writing gift." On the train to New York, he meets a sweet young girl named Edna, who falls for him
Let' Em Eat Cake
President Wintergreen is voted out of office by another ineffectual candidate named Tweedledee. Lacking legal recourse to their woes, the Wintergreens and Alexander Throttlebottom move to New York City and clothe themselves in the blue shirts sewn by Mary. It seems that having a plethora of blue shirts is just the thing to start a revolution, so the Wintergreens and their former Cabinet Officers march on Washington, overthrow the government, and depose Tweedledee.
Local Boy Makes Good
A stage hand auditions for a Broadway show, claiming he can make more backstage noise than anyone else.
Merrily We Roll Along
A story of three friends, their artistic ambitions, the price of fame, and the changes in American society from World War I to the Depression—all told in a reverse chronological structure.
Merton of the Movies
Merton Gill, the eponymous hero, is smitten by the flickers. He spends his days saving his small salary at the Simsbury General Store and his evenings dreaming of becoming the next cowboy star. This young man goes west, haunting a Hollywood casting office, bustling with the amusing and eccentric characters and is befriended by "Flips," the greatest stuntwoman in Los Angeles.
Of Thee I Sing
It's a presidential election year: bachelor presidential candidate John P. Wintergreen—who "hopes to run a good clean campaign without any mention of an issue"—is set up by his handlers to run on the "love" platform; Wintergreen will propose to the winner of a nationwide beauty contest and marry her if he wins the White House. Unfortunately, Wintergreen spurns the piquant Southern bombshell, Diana Devereaux, who wins the contest for the no-nonsense contest organizer, Mary Turner.
Once in a Lifetime
It's winter of 1928 and the biggest news in entertainment is the whopping success of Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer, the first all-talking picture. A down-at-heels vaudeville troupe—the ascerbic May Daniels, the fast-talking Jerry Hyland, and their slightly dopey cohort, George Lewis, the "best deadpan feeder in the business—decide to make their fortune by going Hollywood. The only problem is: they don't know what they're going to do out there.
Park Avenue
An unusual and sophisticated show, written by some of the finest talents of the musical theater, with material far ahead of its time. Park Avenue is a small-scale farce involving the dangers of apparent serial monogamy among New York's upper classes. Set in the Hamptons, the play involves a series of mistaken identities and misbegotten marriages and love affairs.
School for Waiters
Waiters learn how to perfect the art of ignoring customers.
Silk Stockings
At the height of the Cold War, a Soviet pianist named Boroff defects while visiting Paris. His skills are immediately taken up by Steve Canfield, an American show biz agent, who wishes the pianist to compose movie music for a new version of War and Peace as a vehicle for film swimming star, Janice Dayton. In the meantime, three Soviet agents are sent to bring Boroff back to Moscow. When they go hopelessly and joyfully native in Paris, their female superior, Nina Yakoushouva—Ninotchka—goes to the City of Light to bring back all four defectors.
Stage Door
During the Depression, the Footlights Club in the west Fifties provides an affordable respite and community for the bevy of struggling stage actresses who reside there. They are an amusing and varied lot. The main story concerns Terry Randall, a headstrong and witty girl from the Midwest who is determined to become a leading actress on the Great White Way. While pursuing her career, she becomes involved with two completely different beaux: the left-wing arrogant playwright Keith Burgess, who eventually goes Hollywood as a screenwriter, and David Kingsley, a well-groomed elegant film producer who decides to return to Broadway.
Strike Up the Band
Horace J. Fletcher, proud owner of the Fletcher American Cheese Co., is outraged when Switzerland protests a tariff on imported cheese and convinces the U.S. government to declare a war. He offers to finance the war personally—as long as the war is named after him:"The Horace J. Fletcher Memorial War." "What did the government make out of the last one, handling it themselves? Nothing!" The Swiss Hotel Owners Association invites the war to be held there, and Fletcher goes overseas, accompanied by a wealthy matron who would like to marry him, his daughter Joan, and the newspaperman with whom she is in love, Jim Townsend, who has publicly criticized both the war and the quality of milk going into his cheese. A traitor in the works, Edgar Sloane has been diluted Fletcher's milk, backstabbing the American army and trying to make off with Jim's girl. Luckily, a Secret Service operative named George Spelvin reveals Sloane's treachery and saves the day. Let the trumpets sound!
The American Way
A dramatic epic story of assimilation, patriotism and prejudice in America. A German immigrant named Martin Gunther comes to America at the turn of the century, moves to the Midwest where he thrives as a furniture manufacturer and raises a family. Soon, WWI intervenes and he loses one son in the war; when a local pro-Nazi occurs in his town on the eve of the Second World War, Gunther loses his life for his principles.
The Band Wagon
A Southern gentleman expresses outrage that the girl his son is about to marry is a virgin.
The Butter and Egg Man
It gives a time-capsule portrait of theater in the 1920s. It refers to big roller who comes to the big city with big plans to spend his money on wine, women, and song. Peter Jones, a hotel clerk from Chillicothe , Ohio who comes to New York with $20,000 only wants to produce a Broadway play, in the hopes of using the profits to open up a hotel in his hometown.
The Cocoanuts
In the midst of the Florida land boom, Mr. Schlemmer is trying desperately to run Cococanut Manor and put the moves on the wealthy Mrs. Potter. When Mrs. Potter's necklace disappears, the suspects are drawn from Silent Sam and Willie, two vagabonds intent on the stealing the hotel's silverware, and a hotel clerk in love with Mrs. Potter's daughter, Polly.
The Dark Tower
In a rare collaboration with his Algonquin Round Table comrade, Alexander Woollcott, Kaufman wrote his only murder mystery. Woollcott, who was obsessed with murder and mayhem, instigated this drawing-room mystery, about a devious killer whose penchant for disguise allows him to commit what seems to be the perfect crime; a well-crafted thriller that anticipates Sleuth.
The Good Fellow
A farce about the small-town mania for joining fraternal organizations. Our hero, Jim Helton, nearly bankrupts his entire family savings in order to host the national convention for his beloved Knights of Corsica. Common sense prevails at the very last minute.
The Great Warburton Mystery
In a murder mystery spoof, the culprit is caught by the imprint of his bottom on a seat cushion.
The Land is Bright
The Kincaid family has made its money from some pretty rough-and-ready tactics during the Western expansion of the railroads in the 19th Century. In their desire to rise up the social ladder over the ensuing decades, they encounter challenges to the roots of their fortune, and gradually learn the nature of patriotic sacrifice in order to become true Americans.
The Late George Apley
The play investigates the double-edged sword of family honor and tradition among the upper classes of Boston's Brahmin set. George Apley is a well-respected patriarch and a Harvard graduate who has carefully cultivated his fortune, his tastes, and his family relations. But, the times change, and faced with two impending marriages that distress him—both his daughter and son want to marry outside the circle of their class and education—Apley finds that he is not nearly as flexible nor as happy as he always believed. He discovers in the end that he is a product of his world and that his world is vanishing before his eyes.
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Portly Sheridan Whiteside, critic, lecturer, wit, radio orator, intimate friend of the great and near great, met his Waterloo in the shape of a small piece of ice on the doorstep of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Stanley, of Mesalia, Ohio, while trekking across the country on his annual lecture tours. Result: the idol of the air waves rests until further notice in the home of the surprised Mr. and Mrs, Stanley.
The Royal Family
The play portrays the off-stage melodrama of what it means to have greasepaint in your veins. While matriarch Fanny Cavendish plans a farewell tour, her leading lady daughter, Julie, has to choose between a dinner date and a first rehearsal--and just when matinee idol brother Tony is on the lam for slugging a Hollywood director. In the meantime, Fanny's granddaughter, Gwen, is thinking the unthinkable—chucking the whole thing to marry a stockbroker.
The Small Hours
The story of a well-heeled Park Avenue publisher and his meek wife, who lives in the shadow of his success. As their marriage progresses, and we see the high life of New York sophisticates, the wife comes into her own and blossoms into her full potential.
The Still Alarm
A fireman practices his violin while an apartment burns around him.
You Can't Take It With You
The family of Martin Vanderhof lives "just around the corner from Columbia University—but don't go looking for it." Grandpa, as Martin is more commonly known, is the paterfamilias of a large and extended family: His daughter, Penny, who fancies herself a romance novelist; her husband, Paul, an amateur fireworks expert; their daughter, Alice, an attractive and loving girl who is still embarrassed by her family's eccentricities—which include a xylophone player/leftist leaflet printer, an untalented ballerina, an African American couple on relief, and ballet master exiled from Soviet Russia.

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George S. Kaufman s-a nascut la data de 16 noiembrie 1889 in Pittsburgh -Pennsylvania, SUA.

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