Known for the wide range of diversity in the arts, the University of Kansas presents many shows for wide ranges of people to attend throughout the upcoming fall and spring semesters. The current listing can be viewed at www.kutheatre.com/~kutheatr/performances.shtml
Here are some brief descriptions of what to expect this year in KU Theatre:
Lost In Yonkers, a play by Neil Simon, is the story of two brothers named Arty and Jay who are have been taken in by their Grandmother and their Aunt Bella after the tragic passing of their mother. Their Grandmother has lead a terrifying and intimidating life in which her own children have suffered greatly from dealing with her. Their father is in massive debt after his wife’s passing and out of desperation, works as a taraveling salesman in order to pay these off.
Lobby Hero, a paly by Kenneth Lonergan is the story of Manhattan apartment doorman, Jeff and his strict supervisor, William. The two of them run into multiple encounters with Bill, a cop and his female assistant in training, Dawn. A shooting has taken place in which William is suspected of knowing someone involved. Throughout time, Jeff develops a little crush on Dawn, whom he becomes closer with towards the very end.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The William Shakespeare classic about Hermia, the beautiful daughter of Egeus who wishes for her to marry Demetrius, whom her jealous sister, Helena is in love with. Hermia is upset and saddened by the situation since she has already found a love with Lysander. This smart and sexy classic is a whole treat for the real theatre enthusiast to enjoy.
Beaux’ Stratagem by George Farquhar is a comedy of two gentlemen named Archer and Aimwell, who intend to liven up their hardest times by letting it all hang low as they go out and travel in order to seek stunning young heiresses to seduce. A play that one may describe as the Wedding Crashers of a previous era!
Man Equals Man is a play by German modernist, Bertolt Brecht. It takes place in British colonial India and its primary focus includes themes of war and the search for individuality. Galy Gay discovers new things about himself once his life shifts from being an average civilian into the ultimate fighter. Brecht delivers the many mechanisms behind the search for a new being.
Hansel and Gretel is the opera based on the fairy tale written originally by The Brother Grimm. The plot is about a young brother and sister who stumble across a house made of candy and cake, but unbeknownst to them, the household resident is a cannibal grandmother! Music composed in 1893 by German composer, Englebert Humperdinck.