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OWU Theatre Takes Chekhov on Madcap Comedy Ride with 'Show Business'

October 14, 2003

[ 'Anton in Show Business' Cast Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan Department of Theatre and Dance kicks off the 2003-04 season with the contemporary comedy Anton in Show Business. The performance will run at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18 and 24-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Chappelear Drama Center.

This madcap comedy is by Jane Martin and was first produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at The Actors Theatre of Louisville two years ago.

"This is a strong play by an excellent writer," said Bo Rabby, professor of theatre and dance and the director of this play.

The play takes place in San Antonio, Texas, at the Actors Express repertory theatre. It traces the path of three actresses as they begin an adventure into American Theatre, pursuing their goal of performing Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov.

"The three women are whisked through a southern hurricane of 'good ideas' that offer unique solutions not only to the staging of the play, but to the problems of each actress," Rabby said in a release.

As it is traditionally done in great backstage comedies, Martin has structured the play so that it uniquely parallels the original Chekhov masterpiece.

According to Rabby, the play's contemporary style allows the play to move quickly from scene to scene without the use of transitional devices in what is called cinematic form.

"It's fast moving and very funny, but it has its serious moments as well," Rabby said.

Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $6 for faculty and staff and $7 for the general public. For more information and to order tickets, call 740-368-3855.