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Archive for Tuesday, September 30, 2008

University Theatre staging French farce

September 30, 2008

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An outrageous farce featuring horseplay, wordplay and wit opens this weekend at University Theatre at Kansas University.

"A Flea in Her Ear," written by Georges Feydeau and translated by American playwright David Ives, begins shows on Friday and continues through Oct. 11.

The play, originally staged in 1907 in Paris, involves a wife who becomes suspicious of her husband's activities away from home, so she and a friend write an amorous anonymous letter to set up a meeting with her husband at a bordello/hotel in Paris.

Thinking the letter was intended for his co-worker, the husband sends a friend to make the rendezvous in his place. But when the jealous husband of the wife's friend finds the letter and recognizes his wife's handwriting, he takes his pistols to the bordello hoping to catch her in the act of infidelity.

The show is being directed by Jack Wright, professor of theater and film. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 9, 10 and 11, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in KU's Murphy Hall.

Tickets are $16 for the public, $15 for senior citizens and KU faculty and staff and $10 for students. They are available by calling 864-3982, 864-2787 or 864-7469, or at the box offices of University Theatre, the Lied Center or Student Union Activities.

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