Sheridan’s THE RIVALS
presented by Blackbird Theatre Company and The Cultch
December 28, 2015 – January 23, 2016
8:00pm & 2:00pm
Previews: Dec. 28, 29 @ 8:00pm
Opening Night: Dec. 30 @ 8:00pm
Jan. 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 @ 8:00pm
Jan. 3, 9-10, 16-17, 23 @ 2:00pm
Post-show talkbacks: Jan. 3, 5, 10, 13, 19
Blackbird Theatre presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals.
Blackbird Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a wickedly witty, joyfully irreverent production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals. 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.
Running time: 135 minutes plus intermission
Tickets starting from $27.00