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Entertainment

March 6, 2013

RiverStage Community Theatre presents Neil Simon comedy ‘Fools’

LEWISBURG — RiverStage Community Theatre will present Neil Simon’s comedy “Fools” March 8-10 at the Campus Theatre, 413 Market St., Lewisburg. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 8-9  and at 2:30 p.m. March 10.

Tickets are $15 for general admission seating with discounts available for groups and multi-show packages, and can be purchased at the door, by phone at 506-8423 or at www.riverstagetheatre.org. 

“Fools,” which premiered on Broadway in 1981, tells the story of an energetic young schoolteacher, Leon, who takes a new job in a quiet small town in the Ukraine in the 1890s. After arriving, he discovers the inhabitants have been cursed for 200 years with chronic stupidity. To complicate matters further, Leon falls in love with his boss’s beautiful daughter, Sophia, who is already being pursued by the richest man in town.

With help from the village’s other colorful residents, Leon sets out to break the curse, save the town, and live happily ever after.  CBS-TV praised “Fools” as “bright, fresh, funny, witty, warm” and “the happiest to-do on Broadway.”

Jove Graham, a Lewisburg resident and graduate of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company professional development program, is the show’s director. 

“‘Fools’ was clearly a labor of love for Neil Simon,” Graham says, “that gave him a chance to mix comedic styles and create larger-than-life characters and situations that just wouldn’t fit in most of his other modern-day plays. There are influences from Borscht-belt vaudeville humor, Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Monty Python — it’s first and foremost a comedy. But it’s also a story about family, small-town living, and the teachers who inspire us and set out to make our world a better place. 

“It’s about love, what it means to be intelligent, and the hard choices we sometimes make when our life’s goals and dreams don’t always match up with the people we want to spend our lives with.  Amidst all the laugher, it’s really a beautiful little story.”

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