The Connecticut Repertory Theatre at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, presents John Guare’s adaptation of “His Girl Friday,” from Feb. 28 through March 10.
“His Girl Friday” is an all American rat-a-tat comedy adapted from the film to the stage by acclaimed playwright John Guare.
Guare’s stage adaptation of the classic movie – starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell – maintains the best of the traditional American screwball comedy form while adding sparkling theatricality and sharp political commentary for a brilliant and hysterically funny live theater event.
It’s August 1939 in the Press Room of the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago. On the world stage Hitler is about to invade Poland, but tonight Hildy Johnson just wants to bid farewell to her old pals, get married and leave the newspaper racket behind… but she runs into her hard-boiled editor and ex-husband Walter Burns, who wants to keep her on the beat and in his life.
UConn graduate Christopher Hirsh will return to the CRT stage to play Walter Burns, the fast talking editor of The Daily Record, who has learned that his ex-wife and former star reporter Hildegard “Hildy” Johnson is going to marry Bruce Baldwin, a bumbling insurance salesman played by Actors’ Equity guest artist, Kevin Crouch. Burns pulls out all the stops to sabotage the wedding plans.
Director Dale AJ Rose says:
John Guare has crafted a wonderfully funny and ruefully poignant evening in the theatre. Guare has taken two American Classics – the popular stage play, ‘The Front Page’ and the rambunctious comic film, ‘His Girl Friday’ – and stirred in spicy elements of his own invention to create a world on the verge of war, a city stifling under the politics of graft and corruption, journalists obsessed with getting the ‘big story’ and an engrossing and charming battle of the sexes.
With rapid-fire dialogue and a crackling conflict, “His Girl Friday” remains one of our wildest, wittiest American romantic comedies.
Performances are in the Nafe Katter Theatre on the Storrs campus.
For tickets and other information, call 860-486-2113 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu
John Guare is an American playwright best known for such plays as Six Degrees of Separation and has received two Obie Awards, two New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best American Play and one for Best Musical, as well as five Tony Awards, the Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and received an Oscar nomination. In 1993, Guare was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame.
Connecticut Repertory Theatre
CRT is the professional production arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, as well as faculty members and the department’s most advanced student artists. The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theater and a unique learning environment.
New box office location
The CRT box office is now housed in the Nafe Katter Theatre located at 820 Bolton Road. There is short-term parking on Bolton Road in the loading zone directly in front of the theater. CRT tickets can no longer be purchased at the Jorgensen box office. CRT’s box office is open Mon.-Fri., noon to 5 p.m., and is open one hour prior to show time at the theater where the performance is taking place.
Weeknight performances are at 7:30 p.m.; weekend evening performances are at 8 p.m.; matinee performances are at 2 p.m. – but please call or visit the box office for specific show dates and times, because performance schedules are subject to change.
Tickets, which range from $6 – $30 are available online at www.crt.uconn.edu
Posted February 13, 2013
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