“Born Yesterday” at Players

Now on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre, America’s oldest professional resident summer theater, is Garson Kanin’s classic American comedy Born Yesterday, which will run through July 27.

Billie Dawn is the girlfriend of scrap metal magnate Harry Brock. She’s not that bright and Brock uses her as a front for some less than honest dealings. Sure he cares, but his less than polished treatment of her tickles the ribs whilst also rubbing them the wrong way. Brock worries Billie’s lack of social graces and dim-wittedness will bring his image down in the eyes of his important business and social contacts of Washington D.C., so he arranges for the calm and well-spoken Paul Verrall to be her chaperone and train her to be eloquent and more astute of the world and its history. Sure enough, sparks fly between the unlikely pair and Billie ends up being smarter than Harry thought!

This delightful Pygmalion-like play is a mix of romantic comedy, political satire and a coming-of-age story, which is still as relevant today as when it was first written in the 1940s.

The Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance at 4 pm Sunday July 27. Ticket prices are $32.25 and $29 and there are no performances on Mondays. For more information or to reserve tickets call 920.868.3287 or visit