FAU Department of Theatre Presents 'Easy Virtue'

Easy Virtue

By polly burks | 5/14/2018

Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has announced its summer lineup for Festival Repertory Theatre 2018.

“Easy Virtue,” a comedy by Noel Coward will run from Friday, June 8 through Saturday, June 23; the musical “Cabaret” will run from Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 22; and Big Band Hits from the Golden Age will be presented on Saturday, July 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 at 2 p.m. The plays are in Studio One Theatre and the big band concert in in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Tickets are $25 and will go on sale in May at www.fauevents.com or by calling 800-564-9539. Group tickets are on sale now at 561-297-6124.

From the incomparable wit of Noel Coward, “Easy Virtue” is a breezy, wonderful splash of comedy as a young Englishman marries a glamorous, modern young woman and brings her home to meet his parents. Sparks fly as his new bride, Larita, arrives like a jolt from the future to celebrate a woman’s right to lead her own life. Originally produced when Coward was riding a wave of success, “Easy Virtue” has enjoyed many successful revivals over the years and is a perfect summer ride in celebration of the individual spirit. FAU’s production is directed by Jean Louis Baldet.

“Cabaret,” the winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival, is a raucous musical that comes roaring to life in the infamous Kit Kat Klub where some of Broadway’s most memorable songs spill out onto the stage. While the emcee promises to help us forget all our troubles, Germany begins its descent into hell and we are reminded what happens when we bury our heads in the sand and forget to love our neighbors. Lee Soroko is the director.

The big band concert features the Florida Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra, a professional ensemble-in-residence at FAU. The band will present an evening of hits from the 30s, 40s and 50s, including authentic music of big band sensations like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.

 “Festival Rep,” now in its  21st year, will once again feature professional equity actors working alongside FAU’s finest graduate students in their last production before they graduate and enter the world of professional theater. For more information on Festival Rep, visit www.fau.edu/festivalrep.