Set in Yonkers and New York City in the 19th century, this classic comedy begins when Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in 19th Century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Dolly subsequently becomes involved with two of Vandergelder’s clerks, several lovely ladies, and the headwaiter at an expensive restaurant where this swift farce runs headlong into hilarious complications. After everyone gets straightened out romantically, Vandergelder finds himself affianced to the astute Dolly Levi herself.
The Matchmaker Reviews
Loud, slap dash and uproarious … extraordinarily original and funny.
– The New York Times
Rolls along merrily and madly and the customers are convulsed.
– New York Journal American
The lines of Wilder are so often brilliant, sage, and witty.
– New York Daily News
One of the sweetest and smartest romantic farces ever written.
– Wallstreet Journal
What made Wilder so distinctive among [the] greats of the 20th century was his determination not only to reach out and move people…but rather to offer actual advice for living your life, which is, dear readers, all too brief.
– Chicago Tribune
About Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one of his seven novels, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1928, and his next-to-last novel, The Eighth Day received the National Book Award (1968). Two of his four major plays garnered Pulitzer Prizes, Our Town (1938) and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). His play,The Matchmaker ran on Broadway for 486 performances (1955-1957), Mr. Wilder’s Broadway record, starring Ruth Gordon (Best Actress, Tony Award Nominee), and directed by Tyrone Guthrie (Best Director, Tony Award Winner). It was later adapted into the record-breaking musical Hello, Dolly!
Mr. Wilder’s many honors include the Gold Medal for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the National Book Committee’s Medal for Literature. Mr. Wilder continues to be read and performed around the world. Our Town is performed at least once each day somewhere in this country , with his other major dramas and shorter plays not far behind.