ESU Theatre presents ‘The Ladies Man’

February 21, 2012

ESU Theatre’s spring season begins with laughs with a new adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s bedroom farce, “The Ladies Man.” The playwright Charles Morey provides a script loosely and freely translated from Feydeau’s “Tailler Pour Dames.”

Loved by critics from all over, it has been called “A wickedly funny French farce…” by the Berkshire Fine Arts and “…. a comic minefield…” by the Indianapolis Star. The Wall Street Journal said “…I can’t recall the last time I laughed this hard…” another critic warns “…. be prepared to laugh so hard your sides will hurt.”

In the play, Dr. Molineaux (Andrew Walker, Junior, Wichita) is impotent, but his wife, Yvonne (Aubrey Near, Sophomore, Independence), thinks his lack of performance must be due to his infidelity. The doctor, recently married to his beautiful, young wife, cannot admit his problem, however, and lies about it, arousing her suspicions further.

That one lie sets off a chain of misunderstandings involving everyone from his servants, Etienne (Brandon Jensen, Sophomore, Salina) and Marie (Chandler Archer-McGinnis, Freshman, Topeka), to his patients Bassinet (Casey McCabe, Senior, Gardner) and Gustav (Adam Helmer, Sophomore, Emporia) and Suzanne Aubin (Amy Dunlap, Junior, Wylie, Texas), and of course, to his mother-in-law (Annie Rosenbrook, Junior, Merriam).

“The Ladies Man,” directed by Teresa Mitchell, is sure to please all audiences, but may contain some material not suitable for children under the age of 10. Containing the much-loved theatrical elements audiences have come to associate with farce, this show is balanced with hilarious, yet believable human beings, who are, as in life, a bit messy and unpredictable.

Faculty designers include Ron Fowlkes (Set) and Susan Mai (Costumes). Senior Chris Peterson from Rose Hill designs the Lighting with guidance from Nancy Pontius, faculty designer. Senior Ross Rundell (Salina) is the show’s Technical Director. The Production Stage Manager is Danielle Roberts (Junior) from Cherryvale. The Assistant Stage Manager is Jessica Gaddis (Senior) from Ulysses.

Performances for “The Ladies Man” are Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Karl C. Bruder Theatre in King Hall at Emporia State University. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $5 for students. To reserve seats, call the University Box Office at (620) 341-6378.

 

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