Stanford Summer Theater Festival presents works by two great Irish dramatists and funnymen, Wilde and Beckett

"The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Happy Days" represent comedy with a difference.

Lynne Soffer knows what she likes when she sees it. Earlier this month, she was tinkering with the blocking of the third act of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and her directorial instincts were swiftly shaping the action on stage. The actors’ every step, gesture and inflection were quickly weighed and tweaked to her liking…

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He’s Funny That Way: Oscar Wilde & Samuel Beckett

Stanford Summer Theater 2013 Festival, July 8-August 25

Stanford Summer Theater (SST) celebrates its fifteenth season with an explosion of comedy – comedy with a difference. We meet two great Irish dramatists, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, in a festival featuring productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Happy Days. There is also a free Monday night film series on “apocalyptic comedy,”…

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First Night, Twelfth Night

Earlier this week the Stanford community commemorated the 75th anniversary of Memorial Auditorium with a performance in Pigott Theater of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which was the first-night production on August 20, 1937, in what was then called Memorial Hall. We can thank the plumbers for bringing Twelfth Night back to MemAud. To quote from the evening’s program, “it…

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