UA Theatre & Dance presents the hilarious and touching Falsettos at the Allen Bales Theatre, November 7-11 at 7:30PM and November 13 at 2:00PM and 7:30PM. Falsettos is a musical comprised of two stories from composer William Finn’s (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) Off-Broadway In Trousers trilogy. The audience will be introduced to the unconventional hero Marvin, his son Jason, his lover Whizzer, his ex-wife Trina, and his therapist and Trina’s new husband Mendel. When Whizzer becomes ill, this dysfunctional Jewish family must come together despite past wrongdoings.
The musical seemed like an appropriate fit for MFA Directing candidate Raines Carr to undertake, “I was looking for a big, powerful and thought-provoking musical that would be great for our students. I want them to be challenged with the material,” states Carr.
The musical offers more than a spotlight on AIDS and homosexuality during America in the early 1980s, and is a story that is universal for anybody. According to Carr, “It’s about a man trying to find himself in his relationships. How does a person define themselves? How does a person come to terms with being a parent, a friend, a lover and a human being? I think many people in life rush to get married, have children and choose a career. At some point, they take a moment and ponder those questions about life and themselves. Marvin comes to that place of trying to define himself and has to deal with the reality of how the world reacts to his relationship with Whizzer.”
The production is passionate, but also has a sweet, funny and tender nature. Marvin is a relatable and imperfect everyman that has made his share of mistakes, but becomes a better person from them. Falsettos is a wonderful reflection of love, personal drama, anxieties, responsibility and family. We welcome you to a memorable event and we welcome you to Falsettos.
Tickets are $10 and are available in Rowand-Johnson Hall at the ticket office in the front lobby, or online at theatre.ua.edu. There will be a special Friday Night Talkback (11/11) after the performance with a special guest. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@uatheatredance).
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