A Dinner for One
Was presented on Saturday – March 21 1908 at the Fortney Caberet
in the basement of the Hotel Fortney
Main Steet – Viroqua
The original Dinner for One, also known as The 90th Birthday, or by its corresponding German title, Der 90 Geburtstag , is a comedy sketch written by British author Lauri Wylie for the theatre in the 1920s.
German television station Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded a performance of the piece in 1963, in its original English language. This short comical play subsequently went on to become the most frequently repeated TV program ever (according to the Guinness Book of Records, 1988-1995 eds.; later editions no longer have the category).
The 18 minute black-and-white 1963 TV recording featuring British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden has become an integral component of the New Year’s Eve schedule of several German
television stations and Danish national television.
The version of Dinner for One below was performed at the Fortney Hotel in Viroqua, Wisconsin with a cheap, hand held camera and one take. It featured Beatrice Small as Ms. Sophie and Dennis Kern as James. It was recorded at the Drifteless Cafe. Dennis’ tuxedo was provided by Bonnie’s Bridal and the camera was in the hands of Eugene Soroko.
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