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The Playhouse at AU to Bring Classic Play to the Stage
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

The Anderson University College of Visual and Performing Arts will present Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s famous play The Rivals. Set in the 18th century, The Rivals features gentle satire pointing out the flaws of English society. The love story between Lydia Languish and Jack Absolute unfolds as the characters constantly attempt to create an impression of that which they are not. Sheridan mocks their behavior through his comedy of manners in a method that is not only relevant, but hilarious.

The cast of absurd characters will come alive in Belk Theatre, from Mrs. Malaprop’s constant misuse of the English language to Jack Absolute’s comedic duplicity. The Rivals features clever servants, country bumpkins, belligerent Irishmen, and more. Sheridan uses all his characters to examine the audience, bringing up topical problems, such as sappy, shallow love relationships and false pretenses.

This wonderful comedy will be presented in the round, fully costumed, with spectacular dresses and suits. An evening at The Rivals will bring this classic piece of literature to life and allow audiences to relish the art of the English language through laughter and irony.

The play is directed by Dr. David Larson. The Rivals will be presented January 20-24 with evening shows every night at 8:00 pm and a Saturday matinee at 2:30 pm. The performance will be held in Belk Theatre. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for general admission. Please call (864) 231-2080 for more information.

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