LOGAN – The Matchmaker, the basis for the Tony Award-winning musical Hello, Dolly!, takes stage at the Caine Lyric Theatre Friday, Dec. 2. The play runs December 2-3 and 7-10 at 7:30 p.m.
The Matchmaker, written by one of America’s most beloved playwrights, Thornton Wilder, is a farcical delight set in 19th century New York City. Ms. Dolly Levi does her best to “match” up all of the young lovers…and even perhaps herself! The situation quickly turns to utter pandemonium as everyone tries to sort through identities and relationships. Yet somehow Dolly negotiates all these complexities, bringing everything to a hysterical and happy conclusion.
“I’ve never acted or directed a play by Thornton Wilder before, so I’m excited to direct this one,” Richie Call, director of the show and assistant professor in the Caine College of the Arts at USU, said. “He wrote The Matchmaker to poke fun at the style and conventions that were the norm in theater during his time. I’m very interested in it from a historical aspect of American drama.”
In the 1950s, English theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie expressed interest in the play if Wilder could make some changes. The play then became a success at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and in London’s West End before finally opening on Broadway in 1955.
Tickets for The Matchmaker are $13 adults, $10 seniors/youth, $8 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or go online to cca.usu.edu.