Drawing from the Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur play The Front Page and from the Columbia movie John Guare has provided a fast-paced, hilarious adaptation which is running at the Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage until August 30. Set on the eve of World War II, the play is a fresh and funny look at a fantasy world of journalism which has disappeared into our media universe. Wise-guy journalists, incompetent police, corrupt politicians, indignant bystanders and the innocent accused fill the stage with clever lines and convincing emotions. This production proves that a good play with a few tweaks lasts over time. The large cast is delightful with each actor playing both a type and a person fully. The diatribe against women writers is one of the highlights of a show with many highlights.
Given that theatrical life off stage can be as busy as the life on stage, we didn’t get any interviews, but the video will give you a sense of this production and should whet your appetite to see it.