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Blackbird Theatre presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals
December 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - January 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm$27
Blackbird Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a wickedly witty, joyfully irreverent production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals, Dec. 28, 2015 to Jan. 23, 2016 at The Cultch. Directed by Jessie-Award winning Johnna Wright, the comic masterpiece of love, pride, and other foibles will shift its timeless tale of mistaken identity and overwrought romance from an 18th century setting to ‘Downton Abbey’-era Edwardian England.
Its whirlwind plot revolves around the bookishly romantic Lydia Languish, who adores her lover when she thinks he’s a poor ensign, but is appalled when he turns out to be a well-connected Captain. Adding to complications, Lydia finds herself beset on all sides by a retinue of eccentric, bumbling suitors and stymied at every turn by her over-bearing, formidable, and linguistically-challenged aunt, Mrs. Malaprop.
The stellar cast features Gabrielle Rose as the celebrated Mrs. Malaprop and Martin Happer, Scott Bellis, Duncan Fraser, Emma Slipp, Luisa Jojic, John Emmet Tracy, Kirk Smith, and Jenny Wasko-Paterson.