As most of you may know, Theatre Widener is doing a staged reading of Martin McDonagh’s play The Pillowman. Performance start tomorrow and go through Sunday. If you’re not already planning on going, you should! I’m planning to go to the performance at 7:30 on Saturday, so if you’re worried about showing up and sitting alone, I’ll be there 🙂 Since the theatre building is currently closed, the shows will be held in the lower level of University Center. Because of this, Theatre Widener has requested that people RSVP for the performance they would like to attend. The phone number for reservations is 610-499-4364.

Also, I’d like to get a group together to go to the Springfield Diner on Saturday afternoon before the show. Even if you are going to be going to the show a different night, you should still come socialize if you can! If you want to do this, please let me know. You can contact me via campus cruiser, Facebook, or my cell phone (207-712-9049). I’m thinking that 4:00 or 5:00 would work.

On another theater-related note, a couple of English Club members went to see the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night a couple of weeks ago. The show was absolutely great. I hadn’t read the play before, but this performance definitely made me want to. It was laugh-out-loud funny, and the actors seemed to play their roles perfectly. Emma Ricciardi went, and she said that it’s always been her favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies, so if you’re a die-hard Twelfth Night fan too, talk to Emma about how the show measured up to her expectations. Elena Harshaw and Professor Friedman went as well if you want to talk to them about how they liked it.

If you are interested in seeing the show and just weren’t able to go on the date we set, I encourage you to go on your own or with a group of friends: they are performing it through May 20. They are also performing Titus Andronicus through May 19. If you go on a Wednesday or Thursday night and arrive 30 minutes before the show is scheduled to start, they offer a student rush price of $10.00 per ticket. Here is the link to the website if you would like to get more specific information: http://www.phillyshakespeare.org.

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