Romantic confusion and wit reign in new Vanderbilt production

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ The delicate and sometimes ridiculous balancing act of maintaining a relationship has rarely been tackled with the wit and insight displayed by Sir Alan Ayckbourn in his 1975 classic Bedroom Farce.

The timeless comedy, featuring four couples and lots of misunderstandings and pratfalls, will be the next production of the Vanderbilt University Theatre Department. It will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Neely Auditorium on the Vanderbilt campus.

"It’s a light-hearted look at modern relationships and the variety of ways we express our love and devotion," said director Jeffrey Ullom. "’Friends’ is the closest thing we have in American pop culture."

Sir Alan Ayckbourn, artistic director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, England, has written more than 60 plays, including Woman in Mind, The Norman Conquests and Things We Do For Love.

Vanderbilt’s production of Bedroom Farce stars Matthew Clevy, Emily Skinner, Adam Radford, Alex Kane, Derek Byzinski, Lauren Taylor, Lawrence Staten and Jacquelyn Zook.

Shows are open to the public, and general admission tickets cost $7. Admission is free for Vanderbilt University students with ID, and $4 for graduate students.

The remaining shows this season are The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, which opens Feb. 13; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, which opens Feb. 21; and Hay Fever by Noel Coward, which opens April 9.

For reservations or ticket information, call (615) 322-2404 or e-mail for Lisa Barksdale. Neely Auditorium is between Sarratt Center and Kirkland Hall on the Vanderbilt campus.

For more information, see, the Vanderbilt University Theatre Department website.

Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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