By James Yaffe
Directed by Doris Tropp
Henry Lowenthal, after a long tenure as professor of philosophy at a small western college, is looking forward to being appointed to an endowed chair so he and his wife can enjoy their golden years with honor and dignity. But their plans are given a rude jolt when his successor, a vindictive and ruthlessly ambitious young woman, informs him that she is not recommending him for the chair—an act of such calculated cruelty that the usually gentle professor seizes a bust of Socrates and strikes his tormentor a fatal blow. Thereafter, as Henry and his wife plot a foolproof way to dispose of the body, complications arise in the form of a rather sinister young student who is about to flunk out of school (unless his grade is changed) and who happened to witness the professor's violent action. Add in a suspicious police lieutenant and you have all the ingredients for a series of suspenseful, unexpected and frequently funny developments, leading to a denouement that will catch everyone by surprise.
Produced by Beloit Civic Theatre at Elizabeth Reinholz Theater, Beloit Memorial High School, 1225 Fourth St.,Beloit
Performances: January 27 - February 5, 2011
Performance Times: January 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m. February 3, 4, 5 at 7:30 p.m. January 29 and February 5 at 3:00 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $10 adults; $8 students and senior citizens 60+
Call 608-362-1595 for reservations or more information.
Auditions will be held on the following days: