Theatre UNB Presents Two One-Act Plays

November 30th to December 3rd at 8:00 PM 

Memorial Hall - Tickets Available At the Door (General Admission: $10, Students: $6)

Theatre UNB - 2 One-Act Plays

Theatre UNB presents an evening of madness, music and men in suits at Memorial Hall. Two one-act plays will be performed as a double bill from November 30th to December 3rd: Arthur Kopit’s absurdist tragicomedy Chamber Music and Jean Giraudoux’s satirical fantasy The Apollo of Bellac.

Set in the 1940s, both plays are fascinating tales of self-invention. In Chamber Music, eight institutionalized women believe they are feminist icons such as Amelia Earhart, Gertrude Stein or Joan of Arc. Conspiring to protect the women’s section from attack by the elusive men’s ward, they each reveal their mysterious motives and quirks. Joan’s armour may be rusty and Amelia’s plane now a children’s playground, but in their chaotic struggle to save their lives, what was initially amusing can quickly become terrifying.

The Apollo of Bellac takes a sunnier view of the gender divide, as a shy young woman is taught how to get whatever she wants from any man, be it a job, a dance or a diamond, just by uttering four simple words. Set in Paris, in a fanciful “office of inventions,” Giraudoux’s play is a witty meditation on beauty, power and male vanity. It paints a wry portrait of a corporate world that can be transformed with the right words and a smidgen of charm. 

Directed by John Ball, designed by Mike Johnston, and produced and performed by the students of Drama 2170, the production features live music, colourful period costumes and plenty of surprises. The show begins at 8:00 pm, with tickets available at the door for $10 or $6 for students. For more information, call 447-3078 or email jball@unb.ca.