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The cast of 'A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage Circa 1959' rehearses a scene. The cast of 'A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage Circa 1959' rehearses a scene.
The subject matter gets a little wacky at times in Big Dawg's new play. The subject matter gets a little wacky at times in Big Dawg's new play.
Big Dawg presents 'A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage Circa 1959.' Big Dawg presents 'A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage Circa 1959.'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Big Dawg Productions' newest show is dishing up some marriage advice, but you may not want to take it!

The company is performing the comedy A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage Circa 1959 by Robert Bastron.

It follows two couples from the day they meet through marriage, kids and eventually divorce.

It's told in the style of a 1950's educational film, with lessons on the woman's place in the home, the importance of cooking for her husband and the man's role as the provider.

"When you hear somebody saying some of the things out loud that are said and then you think 'oh my goodness, that used to be the commonly held belief,' and it seems kind of naive and funny in retrospect," said director Steve Vernon. "Even though it's set around the year 1959, a lot of those themes still exist today as couples and as Americans. We think that we've evolved so far as far as our forward thinking or what have you but there's not a whole lot of change in some areas."

At its essence the play is a comedy but not without its more risque moments.

"The play does have some very intimate moments," said Vernon. "One of my favorites is when the narrator has to describe what needs to happen on the honeymoon night for one of the couples, so it does have some strong content."

A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage Circa 1959

  • Apr. 25-27, May 2-8, 9-11
  • 8:00 p.m.
  • Apr. 28, May 9, 12
  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle St.

For tickets, call (910) 367-5237 or click here.

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