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“‘tis fighting, loving, sleeping, rhyming, dying, dancing, singing, crying, and everything, but thinking and sense.” ACT 1, Mr. Johnson
Don’t miss a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this outrageous satire of Restoration theatre. A pompous playwright invites two gentlemen to sit in on the final rehearsal of his groundbreaking new play and he can’t stop himself from explaining his visionary brilliance at every turn. Put every movie, TV show and play you’ve seen that spoofs the theatre (Noises Off, Slings and Arrows, The Producers) into a blender with a generous splash of song/dance/fights and you’re begin to savor the unbridled hilarity of The Rehearsal in a major revival since the 17th century.
Starring, as Mr. Bayes, the “revolutionary” playwright, is André Trahan, a UL Theatre Student and native of Crowley, Louisiana. As the two gents who sit witness to the absurd drama are Jack Sorenson, of Lafayette, as Mr. Smith, and Marcus Quebedeaux, of Youngsville, as Mr. Johnson. Along with a cast of thousands, who perform zany and burlesque acts, Mr. Bayes takes Smith and Johnson for a spin they will never forget.
The comedy is produced and directed by UL Graduate Student of English Literature, Lauren Greene Whyte, a longtime theatre actress with Lafayette Community Theatre, UL Theatre, Magnani Theatre, Abbey Players and Eavesdrop Theatre, who also designed the ornate and custom costumes for the show. (Whyte has been costuming for over 30 years). She considers the play noteworthy for its uniqueness: “I am providing fantastic and colorful costuming at a level not unlike a Broadway production. Afterall, Lafayette will be the 2nd city to produce this play in the United States.”
The Rehearsal is a brilliant meta-theatrical play staging subjects both modern and historical, designed to appeal to all audiences.