Friends University to Present Comical ‘Chekhov’s Vaudevilles’

News Date: 
Thu. 09/03/2009

Beloved Russian author Anton Chekhov once said, “Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day-to-day living that wears you out.”

Friends University’s Drama Department will present a series of Chekhov’s dramatic sketches filled with characters worn out from day-to-day living and faced with ridiculous situations that bring out the idiot in them.

“Doctor Chekhov’s Vaudevilles: A Light-Hearted Sampling of His Dramatic Humor” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19, and 3 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Riney Fine Arts Center’s Sebits Auditorium.

“This English version sampling of the doctor’s medicinal humor will serve as Friends University's first dramatic offering of the new school year,” said Dr. Charles Parker, professor of drama at Friends University. “With a physician’s incisively objective exposure of human frailty and hilarious diagnoses of their foibles, he dramatically presents for our entertainment a string of idiots who create and then struggle to survive the crises of their own making.”

Tickets for the performances cost $8 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens.

For more information on Friends University’s performances and events, please contact the Fine Arts Office at 316-295-5537 or

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