by Peter Barnes
Directed by Kelly McDonald
Reality and fantasy blend
into a satirical mixture of laughter and drama in this irreverent comedy. Jack,
the 14th Earl of Gurney,
returns home to the manor and announces to his family that he is, actually,
When they ask him how he
knows for sure, his answer is: "It's simple. I find that when I pray, I'm
talking to myself."
His psychiatrist describes
him as a paranoid schizophrenic. The rest of the family thinks he's just plain
crazy. But they cannot commit him because he has no heir. So a plot is hatched
to marry the Earl off, have him produce a child and then send him off to the
loony bin for life!
Filled with boistrously funny
characters and crazy ideas, THE RULING CLASS exemplifies society's attitude
toward unorthodox behavior.
Richard Lemin and Charlie Dickerson
provided by Richard Lemin)