Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Theater program to present doubleheader of comic entertainment

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present a doubleheader of comic entertainment with scenes from Hat Tricks and the one-act play Art at 8 p.m. on June 8 and June 9 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets for the performance are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

Hat Tricks, a play by Dori Appel, has been described as an exciting compilation of scenes and songs from the comedic to those that are more thoughtful and poignant. Appropriately, every scene and song includes the presence of a hat.

Art was originally a French language play written by Yasmina Reza. The comedy raises questions about art and friendships and involves three long-time friends who are split over their differing opinions on what defines “art.”

Art is a particularly big deal, and is an important, honest, funny and respected play,” director Ken Breidenbaugh said of the Tony Award-winning play. “The three-man onstage argument is fast and furious, and the cast is terrific. I am enjoying the script immensely. The ‘what is art anyway?’ question is always interesting, and is in fact how I begin all of my fine arts classes each academic term, whether freshman or senior level. Ceiling frescoes and cereal boxes do, when you get down to it, have a place in the same aesthetic conversation. And, yes, I will take the frescoes.”

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