There's nothing drowsy about Golden West College's handling of "George Washington Slept Here." It's a spry, quickly paced production that capitalizes on the helter-skelter momentum that Kaufman and Hart intended for this tale of a city boy brought to his knees by country living.
The 1940 comedy is not considered one of Kaufman and Hart's best works; it lacks the intricacy and pungent wit of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (1939) and "You Can't Take It With You" (1936). But the slapstick flavor as the play's naive hero faces one bucolic indignity after another generates satisfying laughs, and the Golden West revival is, at the least, satisfying.
Newton Fuller (played by Karsten Musaeus) is a modern man with an old-fashioned yearning to leave the city behind. He's an unabashed romantic who envisions bliss in open fields, warbling songbirds and full moons unmarred by downtown lights. His wife, Annabelle (Cynthia Piazza), isn't so sure, especially when Newton drags her to a barn-like Pennsylvania house that supposedly once sheltered George Washington.
While Newton waxes about the wilderness and frontier spirit, Annabelle rightfully complains about the reality just under her nose. Their 200-year-old home is a ruin with no water, no bathroom and has cows and horses strolling through the kitchen. Steven Wolff Craig's spacious set is a disaster zone of lopsided doors, collapsing chairs, smoking fireplaces and a living room decorated with plows and wheelbarrows.