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Shows how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. Mama's sisters and uncle furnish a rich background for a g Shows how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. Mama's sisters and uncle furnish a rich background for a great deal of comedy and a little incidental tragedy, while the doings of the children manage to keep everyone in pleasant turmoil. No description can do justice to the rich characterizations that fill the author's canvas. A High School version (ISBN 0-8222-0550-5) is also available at the same price. Groups interested should specify which version."


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Shows how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. Mama's sisters and uncle furnish a rich background for a g Shows how Mama, with the help of her husband and Uncle Chris, brings up the children in their modest San Francisco home during the early years of the century. Mama, a sweet and capable manager, sees her children through childhood, manages to educate them and to see one of her daughters begin her career as a writer. Mama's sisters and uncle furnish a rich background for a great deal of comedy and a little incidental tragedy, while the doings of the children manage to keep everyone in pleasant turmoil. No description can do justice to the rich characterizations that fill the author's canvas. A High School version (ISBN 0-8222-0550-5) is also available at the same price. Groups interested should specify which version."

30 review for I Remember Mama: Broadway Version

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lorene

    The nicest part about reading this old play is picturing the beautiful movie that was made from it in the 40s starring Irene Dunne as Mama. Love those gentle old stories!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I'm not quite sure how this play ended up on my To-Read list but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I Remember Mama is one of those plays that community theaters probably won't do because it has a number of young children. There are certain plays I feel are nice to read but probably boring as sin to sit through. I Remember Mama works as a nice story with a large cast set in the early 20th century. The Norwegian family each have their moments. There are no high stakes; they are slightly poor but not ab I'm not quite sure how this play ended up on my To-Read list but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I Remember Mama is one of those plays that community theaters probably won't do because it has a number of young children. There are certain plays I feel are nice to read but probably boring as sin to sit through. I Remember Mama works as a nice story with a large cast set in the early 20th century. The Norwegian family each have their moments. There are no high stakes; they are slightly poor but not about to keel over from hunger. All of these sound like complaints (and I probably would be if I saw this live) but there's something warm and inviting about this play, like a bowl of chicken noodle soup. It's just a nice play and I enjoyed reading it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    In general, I was impressed with the order and structure van Druten brings to Kathryn Forbes' vignettes in adapting them for the stage, but was generally disappointed that the original material he adds sacrifices the simplicity and sincerity of the original with canned and cliched conventions. In general, I was impressed with the order and structure van Druten brings to Kathryn Forbes' vignettes in adapting them for the stage, but was generally disappointed that the original material he adds sacrifices the simplicity and sincerity of the original with canned and cliched conventions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alyson

    I read this play because Casey was "Mama" in the Hingham High production. I read this play because Casey was "Mama" in the Hingham High production.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I Remember Mama is a play by John Van Druten based on Kathryn Forbes' novel Mama's Bank Account. It is a study of family life centered on a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco early in the 20th century. The play premiered on Broadway on October 19, 1944 at the Music Box Theatre , where it ran for 713 performances; it was produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The cast included Mady Christians, Oscar Homolka, and Joan Tetzel. Marlon Brando played a minor role, making his Br I Remember Mama is a play by John Van Druten based on Kathryn Forbes' novel Mama's Bank Account. It is a study of family life centered on a Norwegian immigrant family in San Francisco early in the 20th century. The play premiered on Broadway on October 19, 1944 at the Music Box Theatre , where it ran for 713 performances; it was produced by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The cast included Mady Christians, Oscar Homolka, and Joan Tetzel. Marlon Brando played a minor role, making his Broadway debut as Nels. I know this play and later film were / are regarded as the quintessential depiction of a Norwegian immigrant family, but it could be any family struggling to become citizens and nurture their children. The story line reminds me of O'Henry's Gift of the Magi. Kristi & Abby Tabby

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vivian Valvano

    I hadn't read it in far too many years for me to figure out, but one of the LIT group women wants to do it in September as an old-fashioned play, so I got a copy from the library and breezed through it in a sitting. Sweet, gentle, and yes, old-fashioned. Mama is a joy. It's easy to get impatient with the pace, the pain-in-the-ass sisters, the rather plodding language. But it's also good to just go back to a very human tale set in the early 20th century in San Francisco and presented on stage in I hadn't read it in far too many years for me to figure out, but one of the LIT group women wants to do it in September as an old-fashioned play, so I got a copy from the library and breezed through it in a sitting. Sweet, gentle, and yes, old-fashioned. Mama is a joy. It's easy to get impatient with the pace, the pain-in-the-ass sisters, the rather plodding language. But it's also good to just go back to a very human tale set in the early 20th century in San Francisco and presented on stage in the middle of WW II. Family love, a daughter who pines to be a writer, immigrants who have become Americans, and a wonderful Mama - one could do worse than spend an hour here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    We seem to be referring to different books/plays, etc. The book I read was a series of essays. They tended to blend together into a montage. Life was NOT 'simpler' in those days--but the family in question is a TRUE family--an extended family. This is at least partly because the family is one of recent immigrants. But other immigrants at the time didn't retain the extended family structure. Probably the basis for success of this family is that they did. We seem to be referring to different books/plays, etc. The book I read was a series of essays. They tended to blend together into a montage. Life was NOT 'simpler' in those days--but the family in question is a TRUE family--an extended family. This is at least partly because the family is one of recent immigrants. But other immigrants at the time didn't retain the extended family structure. Probably the basis for success of this family is that they did.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Thrasher

    I don't usually read plays, but I saw half of the movie on TCM a few months ago. I'm glad I read it - it's sweetly old fashioned, very funny in parts, very moving in other parts (I cried at one point, being a big old softie). I admit, I read it aloud, when no one was around - using fake Norwegian accents (although I think they were very convincing fake Norwegian accents). I don't usually read plays, but I saw half of the movie on TCM a few months ago. I'm glad I read it - it's sweetly old fashioned, very funny in parts, very moving in other parts (I cried at one point, being a big old softie). I admit, I read it aloud, when no one was around - using fake Norwegian accents (although I think they were very convincing fake Norwegian accents).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Agreenhouse

    A play that reminds us of an earlier era when life was harder, simpler but had the values and solidity that we yearn for today. The mama in the book is similar to my mother -- willing to sacrifice it all for the happiness of her children. A tender look at a Norwegian immigrant family in the 1910s in San Francisco.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Was a lovely play. I loved Mama and I loved the whole family. It was sweet and very interesting to see how a family lived at the turn of the 20th century. I have also seen the movie and loved it just as much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    If I read this play now, I'd rate it 2 or 3 stars, but I did this play in 11th grade, so it gets the 11th grade rating. Adam Nicholson drew a poster for the show which said, "I Remember Mama (w/ gray hair and no teeth)" That annoyed the crap out of me. If I read this play now, I'd rate it 2 or 3 stars, but I did this play in 11th grade, so it gets the 11th grade rating. Adam Nicholson drew a poster for the show which said, "I Remember Mama (w/ gray hair and no teeth)" That annoyed the crap out of me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Kind of like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" for Scandis. Entirely different kind of humour though. Kind of like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" for Scandis. Entirely different kind of humour though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Lovely play! Break a leg Naomi!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This book is so good. Again, from the early 1900's era which I adore. A young writer learning to "write what you know." This book is so good. Again, from the early 1900's era which I adore. A young writer learning to "write what you know."

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gypsysoul_

    Sweet story, dated, may be okay for community theatre fluff.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Play adapted from "Mama's Bank Account." Have read it several times, but have never seen it performed (other than the movie of the same name, which is great). Read: 1978 Play adapted from "Mama's Bank Account." Have read it several times, but have never seen it performed (other than the movie of the same name, which is great). Read: 1978

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chrystal

    2.5 stars. The movie was much better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jon

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vickie Burns

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Hawkins

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jayne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Mazer

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mark Woodland

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Fehr

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kat Robey

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