Published Wed, Feb 6, 2013 9:51 am Dateline
The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present an encore performance of The Butter and Egg Man at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 in the Bennett Hall auditorium.
Back to the stage by popular demand, this is a repeat performance of a comedy with a local twist, which was previously staged at OU-C in early December 2012.
"Due to strong response, we decided to again present this play, which was very warmly received in December,” said director and OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh.
The play, written in 1925 by George Kaufman, features a character named Peter Jones, who hails from Chillicothe, Ohio. Jones brings Midwestern naiveté and cash to New York, along with his intentions to invest in a theatrical production.
Those qualities provide an irresistible combination for two shady big-city tycoons, who are all too willing to separate Jones from his savings.
"Kaufman is always a delight, and this with particular play, especially so. After all, the central character is from Chillicothe," said Breidenbaugh.
Breidenbaugh added that, as the story deals with theater and the controlled chaos of funding, assembling and presenting a show, the audience gets the zany thrill of backstage mechanics and personalities at war.
"And lest we forget, it's very, very funny," he said.
Tickets are available at the OU-C Box Office on the evenings of performances. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.