Let's begin with a quick history lesson. William Wycherley's "The Country Wife" was written during the English Restoration, a time when theater was allowed to be a bit more risque.
As proof, cast member Nicholas Irion explains his leading role:
"My role is Hornic," he said. "He's pretending to be a unich to, put it bluntly, sleep with the other ladies - to have relations with the other ladies."
See what i mean? Director Bruce Hermann says that's typical of English Restoration comedies circa 1675.
"The plays were often bawdy, fun romps," Hermann said, "making fun of those within the milieu of the court."
So basically, the characters being portrayed on stage were exactly the kind of people who would have attended and seen this play hundreds of years ago. Irion says it's the actors' job to make today's audience feel like they're in on the jokes, too.
"A lot of the jokes we make we look out and play to them so it's like they're on stage with us," he said. "So I think that's what they'll like a lot. Even though the language is high - English Restoration - I think they'll get it."
Speaking of "getting it," Hermann says sex is still something that consumes many comedies these days.
Sex is always funny," he said. "It always has been. And no matter where we are in history, there is a fine line of decency that, when it's crossed over in the most naïve and innocent ways, we find ourselves giggling, snickering, often blushing."
Aside from all that, "The Country Wife" is another example of how detailed and professional Texas Tech theater is. From the lavish costumes to the set design, even the actors precise movements, it's all prepared to whisk you away to another world.
"We think it's going to be a crowd-pleaser," Hermann said.
And for Tech theater, that's not rare.
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