The Peccadillo Theater Company revives George Kelly's 1924 comedy about an egotistical braggart and his farcical attempts to retain some dignity amidst his own self-aggrandizing hyperbole. Starring Annette O'Toole. More…
Notable for its blending of comedy and drama, 'The Show-Off' revolves around a working-class Irish family in North Philadelphia in the mid '20s. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher and their three adult children are thrown into a state of turmoil when Amy, their middle child, brings home a preposterous suitor named Aubrey Piper. A compulsive liar with delusions of grandeur, Aubrey meets his match in Mrs. Fisher (Annette O'Toole), the crusty, no-nonsense matriarch of the family. A battle of wits ensues and the outcome is a vindication (of sorts!) of the American con man.
See it if you want to see a good actress like Ms. O'Toole directed to suck all the warmth and humor out of a role and a miscast Lead man ruin a play.
Don't see it if You saw the screamingly funny yet very touching APA revival. Directed by Ellis Robb staring Helen Hayes.
See it if 1920's classic comedies are your thing and you don't mind that the material is dated and not relevant. Annette O'Toole is wonderful.
Don't see it if You're looking for an entertainment that suits a modern sensibility and isn't full of 1920's slang.
See it if You want to spend your time in a play about a son-in-law (He makes up stories). The acting is good, they really transport you to old days.
Don't see it if The mid 20's are not for you, I think that the play need other end, I felt like it hasn't end. And everything revolves on lies.