Once in a Lifetime Essay

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In the following review, Daniels provides an overview of the satire in "Once in a Lifetime."

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1930 satire on the dawn of talking pictures, Once in a Lifetime, still produces a goodly sampling of verbal and sight gags, and director David Pittu has whipped a cast of 21 actors (in more than 40 roles) into a briskly paced send-up. Pittu trusts his authors, and while some situations and characters have become cliches, the satirical romp remains an innocent nod to a bygone era.

Attempting to cash in on the Hollywood gold rush, three second-rate vaudevillians sell their tired act and head west to open an elocution school. Gaining the favor of a movie mogul, the trio gain a certain amount of influence in the industry before bringing near-ruin to the studio.

Peppered with extravagant performances and delightfully silly cartoon characters, the show never seems crowded...

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