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The Government Inspector
Nikolai Gogol’s classic comedy
Anton Antonovich, a mayor in small-town Russia, is in the midst of a crisis. A government official is on his way to inspect his district and, in Anton’s own words, “this is a disaster!” The streets haven’t been swept for months, there are chickens in the courthouse and Anton himself has been somewhat liberal with the mayoral accounts. The inspector is only too willing to overlook these misdemeanors in exchange for the odd generous bribe. But is he quite who he says he is or will Anton and his band of buffoons finally get what’s coming to them? This comedy of errors satirizes bureaucracy and corruption and was described as “The greatest play in the Russian language” by Vladimir Nabokov.
by William Shakespeare
"Something wicked this way comes...." A Scottish lord receives a prophecy from a trio
of witches that one day he will become King.
Driven by ambition, and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth struggles
with his conscience before choosing a malevolent path that leads him through a
nightmarish world of evil, deceit, and murder.
A classic tale of power and madness; Macbeth
blends a story of political intrigue and personal frailty with a theatrical
world of action, sound and the supernatural to tell the Bard's final great
A Christmas Carol: On the Air
Dickens' classic tale reawakens the true spirit of Christmas. This timeless classic tells the tale of miserly, old Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformational journey as three ghostly visitors lead him on a trip through Christmases past, present and yet to come. A Christmas Carol is among the most beloved stories in western literature and this year UW-Parkside goes back on the air, giving this beloved holiday tale new life though the charm and magic of a 1940s style live radio show.
A Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams
One of America's most iconic plays. The faded beauty of a Southern plantation collides with the harsh realities of a New Orleans tenement when Blanch DuBois comes to live with her sister Stella and husband Stanley. The tension grows as thick as the humid night air until passion and desperation spark an explosive encounter that changes them all forever. With great compassion and vivid, poetic imagination, Williams spins this poignant and luminous story of lost love, secret desires, and abandoned hope.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Music & Lyrics by: Stephen Sondheim
Tragedy tomorrow, Comedy Tonight! A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum takes comedy back to its roots by combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year-old comedies by the Roman playwright Plautus, with the infectious energy of the golden age of musicals. The result is a non-stop laugh-fest in which a crafty slave, Pseudolus, schemes to win his freedom by helping his young master win the beautiful courtesan who is betrothed to the mighty soldier Miles Gloriosus. "Smart, cheeky, buoyant" (New York Times) and one of the funniest musicals ever written.