Post-WWII Play ‘Born Yesterday’ Feels Relevant Today

Millie Brooks stars as Billie Dawn in 'Born Yesterday at SF Playhouse

Millie Brooks stars as Billie Dawn in 'Born Yesterday at SF Playhouse (Photo: Courtesy San Francisco Playhouse)

Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday is a post-World War II play about the risks of big money corruption in Washington DC. But it’s also a story about a millionaire junkyard dealer trying to bully his way to influence and power, at it feels just as relevant in 2018 as it did in 1946. The San Francisco Playhouse production, expertly directed by company co-founder Susi Damilano, is funny and chilling in the way the show’s junk dealer, not a fan of democracy, resembles President Trump. But the show has added resonance for the way the junk dealer’s mistress, Billie Dawn, gets woke, and how she decides to resist. Not everything works in this show, but there’s a great performance at its center by actress Millie Brooks as Billie, in a role that made actress Judy Holliday famous. Details for the show’s run Jan. 23-March 10 at San Francisco Playhouse are here.

Post-WWII Play ‘Born Yesterday’ Feels Relevant Today 7 February,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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