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Here's the Lineup for this Year's Y.E.S. Play Series at NKU

Murder mystery, Restoration comedy and and tragi-comedy about 20th century wit Dorothy Parker are the strong line-up for the 17th Biennial Year End Series (Y.E.S.) Festival at Northern Kentucky University in April.
 
The new plays will be presented in rep April 16-26 on NKU’s two stages:
 
It’s a Grand Night for Murder by Joe Starzyk has a simple premise: An older man wants to kill his wife to be with his younger mistress. What’s not so simple: what happens next. 
 
Complications arise when he tries to act on this impulse and ends up in the company of a bizarre hit man and a handful of perplexing strangers. Romances add up as fast as the body en route to a twisted finale and – hooray! -- love conquers all. Directed by Terry Powell.
 
8 p.m. April 16, 20, 23, and 25, 1 p.m. April 18.  Corbett Theatre
 
The Divine Visitor reunites playwright David L. Williams and director Michael King. Who first teamed for “Spake” in the 2013 festival.  In this Restoration comedy with a twist, the rake Whitestone, after faking his own death, finds his escape plans interrupted when he learns that every beautiful woman in town wept at his funeral. He chooses to stay and seduce the ladies by appearing as his own ghost, but the townsfolk believe him to be an angel, and soon all of the women are hoping to be divinely inspired by this messenger of God. Then a visitor who is truly from beyond arrives.
 
8 p.m. April 17, 21, 23 and 24; 4 p.m. April 18, 19, and 25; 1 p.m. April 26. Strauss Studio Theatre
 
Encore, Encore by Colin Speers Crowley is a bittersweet tragicomedy about the legendary wit and caustic critic, Dorothy Parker. The play traces Parker’s turbulent and painful marriage and her meteoric rise as a drama critic and member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table. Her celebrity comes at a price, positioning Dorothy to live in public denial of her painful personal life and stapling her inexorably to a witty, unabashed public persona that is not allowed the luxury of emotion. The play paints a deeply vulnerable portrait of a woman forced to live her life in the spotlight. Ed Cohen directs.
 
8 p.m. April 18, 19, 22, and 24; 1 p.m. April 25. Corbett Theatre. 
 
Tickets are now on sale at the KU box office. $14 adlts, $1 seniors and $8 students. 859.572.5464 and www.theatre.nku.edu. All performances are in the Fine Arts Center, NKUHighland Heights.
 
-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
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