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Somehow the 50s were different Ike was the likable president of the postwar nation that still possessed a collective innocence Life seemed much simpler where only one income was sufficient in most households The Pajama Game visually and musically reflects that charming innocence and offers some intriguing ideas about the age-old battle between the sexes The musical takes place in the Sleep-Tite Pajama factory and tells the story of new superintendent Sid Sorokin and his conflict with the union which demands a seven cent raise from tight-fisted boss Mr Hasler skillfully played by JCCs janitor Don Thomas The Union is seeking a wage rise of seven and a half cents an hour Sid and Babe are in opposite camps yet a romance is born between them Babe rejects him at first and Sid is forced to confide his feelings to a dictaphone During the picnic for the factory workers he makes better progress but their estrangement is reinforced when they return to the factory A go-slow is staged by the Union strongly supported by Babe Sid as factory superintendent demands an honest days work and threatens to fire slackers Babe is enraged by his attitude and kicks her foot into the machinery causes a general breakdown and is immediately fired by Sid Hines the popular efficiency expert is in love with Gladys the Presidents secretary Periodically he brings a more optimistic outlook to the life of the factory Convinced that Babes championship of the Union is justified Sid simulates an interest in Gladys by taking her out for the evening to the night club Hernandos Hideaway Through her help he is eventually able to gain access to the firms books and discovers that the boss has been adding to his price the pay increase demanded by the workers Sid then demands Haslers consent to a pay rise and is able to bring peace to the factory and to his love life Everyone goes out
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