“How the Other Half Loves,” a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-28 and 2 p.m. March 1 in Dulany Auditorium at WWU.
The play tells the story of three couples, the men all working for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each returns home suspiciously late one night or early one morning they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third couple.
Both living rooms are shown in the single set, and both share a common dining room, which takes on a character of its own as it serves two dinners simultaneously on two different nights. Of course, the third couple has to show up to put the fat in the fire, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce.The New York Times named the comedy “A theatrical adroitness as clever as tennis at its best.” UPI said, “You can go
The New York Times named the comedy “A theatrical adroitness as clever as tennis at its best.” UPI said, “You can go into the Royale Theatre stone cold sober and come out a couple of hours later drunk from laughter.” The Herald Tribune marked it as “A comedy of ingenuity and verve … A farce of remarkable originality.”
“How the Other Half Loves” will be directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer. This production is rated PG-13 for mature audiences.
The cast includes T.J. Green, Brandon, Mississippi, as Frank Foster; Laura Liebhart, McLouth, Kansas, as Fiona Foster; Zach Likens, of Wentzville, Missouri as Bob Phillips, Melissa D. Williams of St. Louis, Missouri as Teresa Phillips, Mark Webb of Mount Vernon, Missouri as William Detweiler, and Bethany Elliott of New Bloomfield, Missouri as Mary Detweiler.
Other students involved in the performance are Joe Merlotti, St. Louis, Missouri, assistant director and stage manager; Jon Meyer, Creve Coeur, Missouri, properties manager; Brandi Traylor, Independence, Missouri, properties assistant; Autumn Lungstrum, Fulton, Missouri, master carpenter; Maggie Hunter, Columbia, Missouri, light board operator; Sarah Williams, Fulton, Missouri, sound designer and board operator; T.J. Pyatt, DeSoto, Missouri, costume crew; Brandon Gibson, O’Fallon, Missouri, box office operator; and Kassaundra Davidson, Center City, Minnesota, house manager.
Tickets for “How the Other Half Loves” are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $7 for WWU students, faculty and staff and $6 for senior citizens (62+).
The box office opens Feb. 16. Call 573-592-4267 or go to showtix4u.com to purchase tickets.