It Can’t Happen Here

If only Trump knew. Sinclair Lewis, the first American writer to receive a Nobel prize for literature, wrote a play in 1935 that could have been written now. So much so, that an impromptu performance at the National Arts Club last week by the Peccadillo Theatre Company saw a packed house and a gleeful reception. Penned during the rise of fascism, the themes and language of the play were particularly poignant, and the mere mention of building a wall ( around Europe ) bought howls of grimaced laughter. My favorite line was you can only negotiate with a shotgun from one end. If only the Theatre Company would go national…

The mission of The National Arts Club is ‘to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts’. As a private club, only members can access most of the scheduled events, but the galleries and some performances are open to the public. Fortunately ‘It Can’t Happen here’ was one of them. It was worth going just to see the Club elders with their professorial velvet hats and theatrical garb. There could be no photos of course, but clearly they have been entrusted with the culture of the club, founded by the New York Times literary and art critic in 1898. And the bar is another story. A red chaise chair would be the perfect pouffe in which to relax with a martini before dinner. Members only. But the fact that the club welcomed women from the outset shows they have style. I just have to wrangle an invitation from a member, or find two in good standing to nominate me for membership. At least this should preclude running into certain politicians…


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5 Responses to It Can’t Happen Here

  1. suzanne says:

    You get into the best places. Love your blog.

  2. Maree Lombardo says:

    Hi Fran . Another interesting Fitzyreport from Gabrielle Fitzgerald ( an Australian living in New York.) Maree Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:32:29 +0000 To:

  3. lorna wilbore says:

    A wonderful grand building. Thanks for painting a great picture of life in New York City, I love reading the Fitzyreport.

    • Thank you Lorna. The National Arts Club, with the Players Club next door are really beautiful – if you become a member you can enter a lottery for the chance to live in one of the apartments upstairs. Of course availability would not come too often, but imagine living in the midst of all that finery and being able to pop downstairs for a tipple in the evenings….?!

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