Date(s) - 12/16/2017
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The scene is the Long Island estate of Mrs. Rittenhouse, a wealthy patroness of the arts with a marriageable daughter. Her celebrity weekend guest is the renowned Captain Jeffrey Spaulding, the African Explorer (Groucho). He arrives (“Hooray, hooray, hooray!”) with his secretary, Horatio Jameson (Zeppo), followed by pair of “musicians”: Ravelli (Chico) and the Professor (Harpo). What follows is typical Marxian lunacy, involving a stolen painting, a surreal bridge game, a Broadway gossip columnist named Wally Winston, a financial wizard formerly known as Abie the Fish Peddler, and a climatic burlesque of Marie Antoinette and the Three Musketeers. What transcends this errant nonsense are the verbal arabesques of Captain Spaulding (“Last night, I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got into my pyjamas, I’ll never know.”) and the first-rate, skirt-chasing slapstick of Ravelli and the Professor.