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Three Farces and a Funeral at Nichols

The Nichols Upper School Theatre program will present Three Farces and a Funeral, adapted by Robert Brustein, based on the life and work of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Three of Chekhov’s most loved and humorous farces, “The Proposal,” “The Bear” and “The Wedding,” are intercut with “knee plays” (short comedic skits that gel together the larger pieces) between Anton Chekhov and his wife Olga Knipper, an actress with the Moscow Art Theater and based on actual letters exchanged by the couple.
Nichols Theatre teacher and director Kristen Tripp Kelley has been a fan of playwright Anton Chekhov’s work for a long time. Tripp sees his relevance even now after 120 years, saying that his stories about family, love and tragedy surpass the test of time and show “truth and humor through people’s worst tragedies.”
A theatre teacher and director for the past 10 years at Nichols, Kristen is a alumni of the University at Buffalo’s Theatre program and has her Masters in acting from Perdue University. She chose this piece because it was a great way to help her students hone their comedic timing and introduce them to physical comedy. Kristen encourages them to make bold choices, but also helps to reign them in, since the humor comes from the subtly of movement and voice. “Three Farces and a Funeral, boiled down is a satirical look on love, marriage and finances,” Tripp said.
Performances will take place November 7-9 in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School, 1250 Amherst Street in Buffalo. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7PM and the Sunday matinee will be at 2PM. Tickets are $5. More information can be found at http://www.nicholsschool.org/. The show is suitable for everyone.

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