Monday, April 8, 2013

The Recruiting Officer

From the left: Melissa Volpone (Sylvia), Sir Jason Hewett (Plume), Me (Brazen), and Kiersten Gutherman (Melinda)


April 12 (Friday) - 7:30 P.M.
April 13 (Saturday) - 7:30 P.M.
April 12 (Sunday) - 2:00 P.M.

April 18 (Thursday) - 7:30 P.M.
April 19 (Friday) - 7:30 P.M.
April 20 (Saturday) - 7:30 P.M.

In Bacchus Theatre, located in the basement of Perkins Student Center on Academy St.

Students: $3
Non- Students: $5

George Farquhar's 1706 comedy The Recruiting Officer is a spectacularly entertaining experience. Captain Plume (Sir Jason Hewett) and his friends Mr. Worthy (Andrew Muto) and Serjeant Kite (Brett Smith) are stationed in the town of Shrewsbury, where they make their best efforts to recruit men and court the women. Plume is in love with Lady Sylvia, the daughter of a local judge, Balance, but doesn't want to be tied to one woman in marriage and wishes to stay in the army. Lady Sylvia, who loves him back, is ready to dress as a man and enlist to be near him. Mr. Worthy, on the other hand, is perfectly ready to settle down with his love Lady Melinda (Kiersten Gutherman), but she has recently grown cold and rude to him. He is in love with Melinda, but fellow officer Captain Brazen (John Young) is in love with her money, and is determined to marry her and gain access to her fortune, but Worthy's friend Kite, who disguises himself as a German fortune teller, is ready to help. The fact that Melinda's servant Lucy (Kathy Harris) is in love with Brazen doesn't help to simplify things, either.

It's a comedy of manners, courtship, and deception! Don't miss it!