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groans when they find out the devices will play only foreign language lessons, fueling another one of his ideas about how not to waste time. Some of his other ideas are instructions how not to waste motions while bathing, how to line up lickety split at the blast of his loud whistle while he checks their success with a stopwatch and, most important, how to keep their noses to the grindstone with advanced studies while eliminating such frivolity as, heaven forbid, going to a movie or a dance or wasting time dating when they could be studying or gainfully employed.
When their father brings home Victrolas for both the downstairs and upstairs bathrooms their glee turns to Michael Kors Purses Wallets
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Most likely, large families fall somewhere in between, depending on the patience and good will of the parents and the love and admiration engendered in their children.
They move with the precision the plot requires and if any of the scrambling youngsters missed a cue or a line on Saturday night it was not obvious. As the children are the reason and the focus for the comedy, the talented 12 bolster the show.
The exceptional Gilbreths first caught the general public attention in 1948, when two of the children, Ernestine and Frank Jr., published a book about the family, by the Dozen. It was quickly followed by the Hollywood film version starring Clifton Webb and Myrna Loy as the parents. More recently it has become a play adapted by Sherman Sergel from the book. Although times have changed immensely over the nearly 100 years since Frank Gilbreth heyday, at least partially because of his experiments, and teenage angst has become more widespread or at least more public, the humor of sibling rivalry, goof ups and growing up in a crowd can still get audiences chuckling.
daughter; Julien Martinez, as one of Anne boyfriends, conveys the type of lad her father might learn to like; and Charlotte Edmondson twists herself into comedic configurations as the uptight teacher brought in to check Anne education status. Even the pooch the children finally convince their father to allow in the house seems as well trained as the rest of the crew, and with alacrity.
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The family comedy will be staged through Feb. 4 at the Conejo Players Theatre, 351 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Sundays. Tickets are $18.
Frank and Lillian Gilbreth seem to have been on the upside of the large family curve, fueled by Frank success as an expert in time motion studies that speeded the developing industries of the 1920s. Their dozen children, directed by the energetic and innovative Frank and soothed by the calm Lillian, managed to pull together more often than not while serving as experiments in their father projects.
That the scenario that plays out in by the Dozen, a comedy on stage now at Conejo Players Theatre in Thousand Oaks.
John Barker is directing this Conejo Players production of the play and he found a crew of talented kids to play the Gilbreth family progeny.
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