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NMSU theater department presents British farce "What the Butler Saw"

The New Mexico State University Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) will present Joe Orton's "What the Butler Saw" March 12-21 at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the NMSU campus.


he Butler Saw" is a naughty and frisky farce set in swinging 1960s London. A sex obsessed psychiatrist, Dr. Prentice, attempts to seduce a prospective secretary, but is interrupted by the arrival of his nymphomaniac wife, an over-enthusiastic hospital inspector, a blackmailing bellboy and a dim-witted policeman.

"Orton describes the clinic as a place where 'unusual behavior is the order of the day,'" said Tom Smith, co-director and NMSU theater assistant professor. "It is one of the funniest farces I've ever read."

The clinic becomes a bedlam of mistaken identity, undressing, cross-dressing, disappearances, disguises, seductions, screwball antics, dropped trousers and heightened libidos.

Cast members include Smith and NMSU theater department head Ruth Cantrell as Dr. and Mrs. Prentice.

Trey McCurley will play Dr. Rance, Frankie Rentas will play Nicholas, Rachel Huebner will play Geraldine and Zac Bannister will play Sergeant Match. All four are NMSU theater students.

Claudia Billings, NMSU theater assistant professor, will be directing the play with Smith.

Scenic and lighting design is by resident designer Jim Billings and costume design is by NMSU theater student Crystal Herman. The stage manager is NMSU theater student Eleanor
Wood.

Tickets for "What the Butler Saw" are $8-$13, depending on performance time and date. The play is not suitable for younger audiences. For times and reservations call the ASTC box office at (505) 646-4515.