Technological developments move us forward with production and communication, but we can also argue that our increasing reliance on machines makes some human-run occupations obsolete and compromises some specific individual skill sets of the past. This is the central theme in "The Desk Set," which is the first theatrical production of "Screen Plays: Hollywood's Golden Age on Stage," currently being staged at the MuCCC (142 Atlantic Ave.).
Directed by Karen Tuccio and written by William Marchant, "The Desk Set" is a comedy that tells the story of the International Broadcasting Company's reference department librarians in 1950's Manhattan. A gaggle of working girls hold down the house with their encyclopedic knowledge and whip-smart wit, when a male efficiency expert and his shiny new IBM break into their all-female world.
As part of the production, the cast will be using a working 1950's IBM teletype input machine, relay racks, vintage dictaphone, and reel-to-reel tapes, and audiences may browse displays of vintage Kodak artifacts, mid-50's radios and telephones, and video clips of the famous starlets during the Golden Age of Hollywood before the play and during intermission.
The show kicked off last weekend, but performances continue Friday-Saturday, December 21-22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday December 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 for students and seniors, and all reservations made at muccc.org are $10. For more information, call 244-0960 or visit muccc.org.