David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One day, at his friend Marvin's suggestion, David tries out for a part in a play, and gets it, despite his obvious lack of acting experience (not to mention ability). True, it's a rather small part in a low-rent production. Leading the troupe is a washed-up, alcoholic actor who hires David at the urging of his actress-daughter, who finds David "cute." To play his part, David must come up with his own costume - a tuxedo - and pay the house five dollars a week, ostensibly for tuition. But it is David's first acting job, one which calls for him to "enter laughing." And if it doesn't work out - well, there's always pharmacy school. Written by
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here's the hilarious answer to WHY BOYS LEAVE HOME!
See more »
Did You Know?
The role of David Kolowitz was originated on Broadway by Alan Arkin
, who won a 1963 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Arkin also won a 1963 Theatre World Award. See more
David admires a poster for the movie Lost Horizon
, which was released in late Thirties when story takes place. But bottom of poster identifies movie as a re-release, something that wouldn't have taken place until years later. See more
Thank God I'm an alcoholic.
References A Tale of Two Cities
by Quincy Jones
, Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter See more