April 23rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1965, the Long Beach Independent ran the following ad for the final performances of “Suds In Your Eye,” directed by Larry Johns.

April_23_1965_Peppermint_Playhouse_ad-3“Suds In Your Eye” is a farcical three-act play that ran on Broadway for forty-four performances in 1944. It was written by Jack Kirkland and based on the 1942 novel by Mary Lasswell. 

“Suds In Your Eye” is the tale of three eccentric elderly women united by their fondness for beer and living merrily together in a San Diego junkyard they’ve nicknamed “Noah’s Ark.” When a dishonest lawyer pockets the property tax for their home, the three friends must use all their wiles to raise the money in time to save Noah’s Ark. The novel was so popular that Lasswell wrote four sequels about the further adventures of the “Arkies.”

Sounds like a fun night out on Main Street.

– Michael Dobkins


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