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Renaissance Theatre to Present "The Curious Savage"

1/18/2010
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Bethel University’s Renaissance Theatre will present John Patrick’s play, “The Curious Savage,” January 28-31 at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in McKenzie.
     “The Curious Savage” is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately $10 million. In the story, Ethel’s three stepchildren are shocked to find out their mother plans to set up a memorial fund with the money to fund the ridiculous dreams of people. They arrange to have her put into a sanatorium called The Cloisters where she meets several inmates, none of whom are completely insane and each only having one minor problem. Mrs. Savage becomes friends with them and gains new insight into life during the play. Meanwhile, her children visit several times, flustered over the fact that she took all the money and hid it in a bundle of half-million dollar negotiable bonds. She deceives them and sends them on a wild goose chase, and they return only to meet up with the inmates and have the bonds stolen from right under their noses.
     The play sets up a contrast between the inmates and Mrs. Savage's stepchildren. By the end of the play, the viewer wonders who the crazy ones really are.
     Performance times for “The Curious Savage” are at 7 p.m. on Jan. 28, 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31.
Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the Bethel University Bookstore in the Marrs-Stockton Student Center. For questions about “The Curious Savage” or to inquire about group rates call 731-352-6445.
     “The Curious Savage” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.