An American Millionaire

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An American Millionaire

 

by Murray Schisgal

 

The hero is the millionaire co-owner of a textile plant who seems to have all that one could wish for—but who finds himself thoroughly miserable. As things have gone from bad to worse his wife (whom he loves) has left him; he is overweight but can’t stop eating; his partner has just about given up on him; and, to cap it all, someone is apparently trying to kill him. In an attempt to set matters straight his brilliant law student daughter enlists the aid of her professor (and lover of five years), whereupon the action becomes even more pell-mell, and even funnier—leading on to a quite unexpected yet characteristically zany resolution.

 

Run


 

Opening & Closing Dates
Type & Version
Theatre
Apr 20, 1974 – May 5, 1974
Play / Original
Circle in the Square Theatre, NY, USA

 

Opening Night Cast


 

Joseph Bova Jake Jackson
Bob Dishy Arnold Brody
Austin Pendleton Professer Bobby Rudetsky
Paul Sorvino Nathaniel Schwab
Linda Eskenas Debbie Schwab
Lee Lawson Jennifer Schwab
Joshua Mostel Messenger

 

Opening Night Production Crew


 

Produced by Circle in the Square (Theodore Mann: Artistic Director; Paul Libin: Managing Director)

 

Written by Murray Schisgal

 

Directed by Gerald Freedman

 

Scenic Design by Douglas W. Schmidt; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein; Costume Design by Theoni V. Aldredge; Hair Design by Roberto Fernandez; Assistant to Mr. Schmidt: John Beatty; Production Assistant for Mr. Schmidt: Maxine Klein; Associate to Mr. Aronstein: Lawrence Metzler

 

Company Manager: William Conn

 

Production Stage Manager: Randall Brooks

 

General Press Representative: Merle Debuskey; Press Representative: Susan L. Schulman; Assistant to Mr. Freedman: Bolen High; Production Associate: E.J. Oshins; Production Assistant: Meri Krassner, Johnny Clontz, Sue Kesselman and Vincent Sorrentino; Advertising: Don Josephson and Blaine-Thompson
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Critical Reception


 

A madcap, hilarious comedy, produced by New York’s renowned Circle in the Square company, which offers a wildly farcical view of contemporary society and its mores. “…I laughed, and I laughed quite a lot.” —NY Times. “…Mr. Schisgal is a master of comic line, situation and character.” —NY Post. “…takes a light-hearted view of modern America.” —Variety.

 


 

External Links


 

An American Millionaire @ IBDB