Thursday, February 21, 2013

To Fool The Eye

Philadelphia area theatre goers can be treated to an evening of whimsical farce at Drexel University’s Mandell Theatre, 3201 Chestnut Street, through March 3.  1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s only all-comedy theatre company, is co-producing To Fool the Eye with Drexel as part of the university’s Mandell Professionals in Residence Project.  Nine students perform in the show’s ensemble cast and several more work back stage. Students have a unique opportunity to work with one of comedy’s greats, for Jennifer Childs is directing the show.  Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Leocadia is raucous and the audience is bombarded with belly-laughs.  Maureen Torsney-Weir, an eccentric Duchess, attempts to suspend time so her beloved nephew Prince Albert can relive three days with a lost love.   Amanda Holston, hired to play his love’s look-alike, attempts to suspend belief so the Prince can get on with his life. The butler attempts to suspend insubordination by having total control with a snap of his fingers. And as the hilarity ensues, the Duchess’ definitive endeavor is the one truly successful one. Come see what everyone is laughing about and enjoy watching emerging talent work on stage alongside some of Philadelphia’s finest. For tickets or further information call 215-592-9560 or visit online at

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