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West Aurora troupe to stage ‘Man Who Came to Dinner’

Senior Jake Ziman, performing as Sheridan Whiteside, and junior Niki Sodetz, performing as June Stanley, rehearse a scene from "The Man Who Came to Dinner." The show is West Aurora Drama Troupe 2013's fall play.
Senior Jake Ziman, performing as Sheridan Whiteside, and junior Niki Sodetz, performing as June Stanley, rehearse a scene from "The Man Who Came to Dinner." The show is West Aurora Drama Troupe 2013's fall play.

AURORA – West Aurora Drama Troupe 2013 will present its fall play, “The Man Who Came to Dinner” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18 in the West Aurora High School auditorium, 1201 W. New York St., Aurora.

The show is directed by Ken Ruffalo.

Tickets are $8 and are available online at www.sd129tickets.org. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door, according to a news release.

“The Man Who Came to Dinner” follows Sheridan Whiteside, a popular radio host who injures himself unexpectedly while on a radio tour passing through Ohio. In order to recover, he must halt his tour and becomes the house guest of the area’s prominent Stanley family, according to the release.

His popularity and fame bring all kinds of ridiculous issues to the Stanley home, according to the release. On top of that, Whiteside’s secretary Maggie falls in love with a reporter from the area, and Whiteside does not approve.

He then decides to meddle in the love affair, which causes even more mayhem inside the Stanley household.

Combine some penguins, cockroaches and an Egyptian sarcophagus, and this show is a wild ride that will have the audience laughing from beginning to end, according to the release.

Ruffalo chose this particular show because it is a classic, old-school comedy, according to the release. He said that it will “allow our students to experience a different kind of show.”

Along with this type of show come some challenges, however. For Ruffalo and the cast, he said that the biggest challenge will be “dealing with the time it takes place.”

“Many references are dated, and the style of humor is different from what the students know today,” Ruffalo said, according to the release.

For those who are unfamiliar with the show, it takes place in the 1930s and has a vaudeville-esque pace to it, meaning that the comedic timing is fast-paced but has to hit hard at the same time, according to the release.

Despite the challenges, Ruffalo said that his reward with a show this difficult is “the openness and passion these students have for theater. They are always working hard and willing to experiment with new ideas to better their performance.”

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