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4th Street Theater presents 'The Primary English Class'

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Opening on Friday, November 3 and running through Sunday, November 19, 4th Street Theater will present Israel Horovitz’s comedic play, The Primary English Class.

The setting is a classroom where an eager young teacher is about to tackle her first assignment--teaching basic English to a group of new citizens, not one of whom speaks the same language as another. Included are an excitable Italian, an over-eager Frenchman, a near-sighted German, an elderly Chinese woman and a Japanese girl. A Polish janitor adds to the comedy.

The one thing that they manage to convey to each other is that their respective last names all mean "wastebasket." But struggle as she will, the teacher, Debbie, is hard-pressed to bring them beyond this point of communication. Two translators help the audience along.

The play premiered in 1976, starring Diane Keaton, and the NY Times review called it ”An hilarious comedy of true originality a gem of an idea souffle with a clever recipe and a taste you will not forget in a hurry." The Village Voice raved “a tour de force of stunning originality."

The very talented cast will actually speak the respective languages of the characters in the play. They include Rodney Thornton, Donna Rowland, and Margie Calhoon of Chesterton, Luke Bouman of Valparaiso, Kendra Vanderstar and George Maslankowski of LaPorte, Allison Davis of Crown Point, Dean Johanson of Griffith, Mike Johnson of Whiting, and Rea Robinson of Hobart.

The show is directed by Rob Hunt of Michigan City. Kevin Doler of Chesterton designed the set, Angie Heid of Kingsford Heights designed the lighting, and Victoria Luster-Bartz of Michigan City designed the costumes.

4th Street Theater is located at 125 N. Fourth Street, Chesterton.

Sunday performances are at 3:00 pm; all others are at 8:00 pm. Admission is $20. Call the box office at (219) 926-7875 or go to Brown Paper Tickets online. Reservations are strongly suggested, as seating is limited.

 

Posted 10/31/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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