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Teacher aims to rid village of fools in summer theatre performance

Georgia Southern University presents Fools, Neil Simon’s comic fable, June 14 through 16 in the Black Box Theater at the Center for Art and Theater. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. and there is no charge for admission.

Simon’s lesser known comedy revolves around young teacher Leon Tolchinsky, who has been called to Kulyenchikev, a small town in Ukraine, to begin his career as school master. Shortly after his arrival, however, Leon discovers all is not as quaint and peaceful as it seems: The village has been under a curse of stupidity for 200 years and it is up to Leon to break the curse by educating the direct descendent of the woman who caused the curse – a sweet young thing, who, at 19, just learned to sit!

Leon discovers love and hatches a plan that he believes will fix everything, but the audience must wait to see whether it will be successful.

“‘It’s a comedy!’ This has been the theme for this year’s summer show,” said director Lisa Abbot. “What better way to enjoy the summer than to fall into the mad-cap chaos created by America’s greatest comic playwright?”

Fools features students Patrick Galletta and Presley Lewis in the lead roles of Leon and Sophia. For reservations or ticket information contact the box office at 912-478-5379.

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