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UW Theatre and Dance Presents Classic Mamet Play

Oct. 24, 2006 -- The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance season continues with David Mamet's frank comedy of sexual manners, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 5 in the Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, at both 7:30 and 10:30 p.m on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets cost $7 for students, $11 for senior citizens and $14 for others. For tickets and information call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.

Directed by UW faculty member Wolf J. Sherrill, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" is a classic 1974 play that follows four typical twentysomethings looking for love amidst Chicago's hot singles scene.

Mamet is one of America's most lauded writers, having won numerous awards for work on both stage and screen, including a 1984 Pulitzer Prize for the play "Glengarry Glen Ross."

Considered the spark that ignited Mamet's career, "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" first established his reputation for sharp dialogue and devastating humor. Sherrill notes that these qualities are what first attracted him to the play.

"David Mamet uses language and rhythm in ways that speak to us in a visceral sense," Sherrill says.

Despite the play's racy content, Sherrill notes that it centers more on how men and women perceive each other, and how what people say to and about one another shapes who they are and what they choose to do.

"Mamet empowers his characters to speak from the gut - giving the audience insight into the common insecurities of being human and the masks that are a direct result," Sherill says.

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Chicago Perversity -- Megan Antles, left, and Anna Brownsted rehearse a scene from the University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance production of David Mamet's frank comedy "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 5 in the Fine Arts Studio Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, at both 7:30 and 10:30 p.m on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. (UW Photo)

Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2006

 

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