The Backdoor Playhouse presents “She Stoops to Conquer or the Mistakes of a Night” as the 18th annual Dorothy Printz Pennebaker Memorial Spring Production.The play, written by Oliver Goldsmith, is directed by Mark Creter and runs April 23-28 with additional shows on May 1 and 2. All shows will begin at 8 p.m. with a late show at 10 p.m. on April 30 and a matinee at 2 p.m. on May 2.
According the Backdoor Playhouse Web site, this “charming satire of the sentimental comedies of the day has entertained audiences since 1773. A young lady poses as a serving girl to win the heart of a young gentleman too shy to court ladies of his own class. Many delightful deceits, hilarious turns of plot must be played out before the play concludes happily.”
Set and costume designs set the tone for the production and provide the audience with visuals of the historical Restoration period. The language in the production is similar to Shakespeare yet more accessible to modern vernacular; therefore, easier for audiences to understand. Creter commented on the “fun and challenging” aspect of working on a period piece such as this, but he praises his cast for clarifying difficult lines with their theatrical abilities in emotion and inflection.
The serving girl turned high class is “Kate” played by Amy Byrne who works to swoon Evan Montgomery who poses as the shy “Marlo.”
“They have a wonderful working relationship, “Creter said of the pair. ” They’re like brother and sister in how they pick on each other backstage. They have a great rapport on stage.”
Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizens and $5 for non-Tech students. With a student ID, Tech students get free admission.
“The characters are rich and funny,” Creter said. “The play looks at the theme that love knows no class. This romantic comedy is suitable for the whole family.”
For more information call 372-6595 or go to www.tntech.edu/bdph