Harry Brock, a loud-mouthed and corrupt junk dealer tycoon has come to Washington, D.C. to manipulate legislation of a crooked deal. He has brought along his long-time girl friend, Billie Dawn, a dim-witted and un-educated ex-chorus girl. Brock worries that Billie’s lack of social graces will embarrass him and hires a magazine journalist to tutor his “dumb broad” to fit in with Washington society. Contrary to Brock’s plan, Billie proves herself an unexpectedly apt pupil as she is learning how and what to read and even, vaguely, how to think.
Written by one of America’s outstanding playwrights, Born Yesterday is a brilliant comedy. Its strength lies in a smart and well-written script with a strong and intricate story of politics and emotions that is supported by characters of varied and vivid personalities. It is more than comedic entertainment, gently offering attitudes about ethical behavior, the value of learning and knowledge, human relationships, and self-worth. Further, it is a casually cynical take on American politics, and deals struck by greedy entrepreneurs. Although it is set in 1946 after World War II, we cannot help but notice its comical relevance to political manipulations of power behind the scenes, corruption, bribery, and whistle-blowing in today’s D.C.