Ohio University Eastern Theatre Presents ‘The Marriage of Bette and Boo’

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Theater Department of Ohio University Eastern continues its production of Christopher Durang’s tragicomedy, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo” nightly through Sunday, April 28, in the Shannon Hall Theater.

Performances today and Saturday start at 8 p.m., and the Sunday afternoon curtain is at 2 p.m.

“The Marriage of Bette and Boo” was first produced in New York in 1985. As it begins, Bette and Boo are being united in matrimony, surrounded by their beaming families. But as the further progress of their marriage is chronicled it becomes increasingly clear that things are not working out quite as hoped for. The birth of their son is followed by a succession of stillborns; Boo takes to drink; and their respective families are odd lots to say the least.

The New York Times said of Durang; “Once more he is demonstrating his special knack for wrapping life’s horrors in the primary colors of absurdist comedy.” The New Yorker remarked; “Christopher Durang, the humorist and satirist, has rarely written anything funnier or more serious …”

“The Marriage of Bette and Boo” is a tragicomedy. Elements of comedy and tragedy are intermixed so that audiences find themselves laughing at very serious situations and then must consider the serious consequences of outrageous comedy. Durang’s examination of human frailty challenges audiences with tears and laughter.

The cast is a collection of OUE Theatre veterans and new-comers:

∫ Carly Greiner of Barnesville is cast as Bette Brennen;

∫ Playing Margaret Brennen is Barnesville resident Audrey Dillon;

∫ Flushing resident Matthew Smith is playing the role of Paul Brennen;

∫ Freshman Shayla S. Drewett of St. Clairsville has the role of Joan Brennen;

∫ Emily Brennen is played by Bridgeport resident Hillary Thorman;

∫ Playing Boo Hudlocke is Flushing resident Howard Blecher.

∫ Karl Hudlocke is played by James M. Dillard of Belmont.

∫ Connie J. Wendel of Glen Dale has the role of Soot Hudlocke;

∫ Renno M. Barnes of Barnesville has the role of Father Donnally.

∫ The role of Matt is played by Devin W. Blair of Beallsville.

∫ Chelsey Barnes of Barnesville, and Norah Blecher, of Flushing, are assistant stage managers.

For more information or to make reservations contact Dennis Fox at ouetheater@ohio.edu or 740-699-2340.

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