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The Final Mainstage Play of 2011

April 2011

The St. Ambrose University Theatre Department is about to put on their final mainstage play, and this spring the audience will find itself thrown into the upper class of 1930s London.

Lady Windermere's Fan, a classic "comedy of manners" written by Oscar Wilde, is centered around the fact that not everything is black and white; there are shades of gray that can't be labeled or looked down upon. According to the show's director, Dr. Cory Johnson, this play is "a credit to the possibility of redemption."

The entire show is run by the society of that day's ridiculous fashions and conventions. For instance, why one should never pay attention to one's wife in public, or why one must avoid certain individuals at all costs. This protocol continues relentlessly until our main character, Lady Windermere herself (played by Amanda Kochanny '13), has her eyes opened to the real world.

Based on the fact that we as a modern society are still driven by convention, "I think we are embroiled in societal issues that we later look back on and shake our heads," says Dr. Johnson. "The attachment to electronic gadgets and social networking might be a similar issue in our present day."

Lady Windemere's Fan opens at 7:30 p.m., April 15 and 16, with a 3 p.m. showing April 17.  Don't miss this funny, poignant, and relatable comedy that will surely keep you entertained!

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