Set in 1917, “Prohibition: A Musical Comedy about the War on Booze” draws its material from true accounts to reconstruct, with a humorous tone, the fight between the so-called Drys and Wets over the demon liquid purportedly destroying civilized society. Prohibition — the nationwide constitutional ban of alcohol from 1920 to 1933, had its supporters and opponents.
The prohibitionists were allied with a lot of unexpected people: suffragettes and prison reformers. But they had opposition. A lot of Texas’ German population didn’t support the ban because they were brewers. There were a lot of violent protests and ugliness that happened, and somehow this professional artistic ensemble called Texas Comedies made these historic events into a fun musical.
As with “Bonnie & Clyde” and other Texas Comedies productions, the heavy subject matter gets levity. For one thing, there’s music, and it’s performed by a live band along with a dream sequence complete with flappers and gangsters.
Tickets are available online and at the La Grange Visitors Center located inside the Historic Casino Hall.