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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University department of theatre and dance will present "Sex, Lies and … a Wedding: Farces by Machiavelli and Brecht," Oct. 21-24 at 8 p.m. in Harvey Powers Theatre, Coleman Hall.
"What happens when two political strategists take aim at the politics of the bedroom?" asks Gary Grant, associate professor of theatre arts and director for the plays.
"Mix in the raucous antics of high-spirited physical comedy and we have an evening of thoughtfully hilarious farce."
Set in 16th-century Florence, Machiavelli's play, "La Mandragola" (The Mandrake), blends songs and robust action in detailing the hilarious lengths to which a young lover goes in winning the favors of the beautiful and young wife of a rich and aged lawyer.
Of Brecht's play "The Wedding," Grant says, "Imagine your wedding reception as your worst nightmare, and then add a carnival of egos waging a battle of inflated moralism and propriety. Finish with a bawdy, satirical Brechtian ballad `The Ballad of Chastity.'"
Tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and educational groups. Tickets are available from the Bucknell Weis Center Box Office at 570-577-1000, online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/ or at the door one hour prior to each performance.
The plays are being performed as part of the university's celebration of Parents Weekend, so tickets may be limited for the Friday and Saturday performances.
Shira Gasarch and Mallory Sweeney
Will Winner, Anastasia Peterson and Sean Bradley