Classic Comedy, But Hard to Relate

Theatre: ‘Life With Father’
From left, Steve Manzino as Clarence Day Sr., Tim Vlangas as Clarence Day Jr., Alex Desjardin as John Day, Maureen Previn as Whitney Day, Elias Osborne as Harlan Day, Mary-Genevieve Moisan as Annie and Stacy-Lee Frome as Lavinia “Vinnie” Day in “Life With Father.” Photo by Trish Haldin Photography

The Sherman Players go to impressive lengths to revive another old chestnut, “Life With Father,” which is said to be the longest-running non-musical in Broadway history, as well as the basis of a 1947 movie and a 1950s TV series. That they don’t entirely succeed has less to do with their efforts than it does with the difficulty of relating to the material, a supposedly comical memoir by Clarence Day Jr. of growing up in late-19th-century New York City with a dominating father.

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