August 2017

Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theater and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents a season of comedy. The season includes four plays that take place in Studio One on FAU’s Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.fauevents.com or by calling 1-800-564-9539. A package of all five productions is $80 and can be purchased by calling 561-297-6124.

The first show of the season is “The Government Inspector,” by Nikolai Gogol, and runs from Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 8. This laugh-out-loud, satiric comedy takes aim at greed, stupidity and political corruption. Written in 1836, it remains a remarkably relevant jab at politicians who use government to line their own pockets. When Khlestakov, a lazy and conniving civil servant, is mistaken for an important government inspector, a town descends into a flurry of madness as the mayor and his cronies try to cover up their indiscretions and curry favor with the imposter.

The second show is “The Rivals,” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and runs from Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 19.  Sheridan’s comic masterpiece is a raucous comedy of manners that spins its tale around two couples who are thwarted on their way to matrimony. Featuring some of theatre’s great comic characters – the windbag Sir Anthony Absolute and the foolish Mrs. Malaprop – “The Rivals” is an uproariously funny feast that satisfies many a lusty appetite all while poking good fun at our superficial, narcissistic, preening times.

The spring season opens with “Incorruptible,” by Michael Hollinger, which runs from Friday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 25. Though set in the Middle Ages, “Incorruptible” is a contemporary take on an age-old problem: what to do if your monastery is going broke and you have to feed the poor? In this hysterical, fast-paced farce, entrepreneurialism and business ethics are treated with clever irreverence and sharp, dark humor as a group of monks find an unconventional way of raising funds. The perfect comedy for our imperfect world.

Finally, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” which runs from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 22, features one of William Shakespeare’s best loved comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, the loud, foolish, blowhard with his love of liquor, ladies and money. When he sets his lecherous sights on two merry wives, Mistress Page and Mistress Ford, a hilarious battle of wits ensues in which the ladies have the last laugh and many a man gets his comeuppance.

For more information about FAU’s Department of Theatre, visit www.fau.edu/theatre.


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