Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Theater-by-the-Grove will present the stinging comedy Boys’ Life opening Thursday, April 16, 2009. The last production of the 2008–09 season, the play runs April 16–18 and 22–25 at 7 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. in Waller Hall of the IUP Performing Arts Center.
Written in 1988 by Howard Korder, Boys’ Life premiered at Lincoln Center in a production the Village Voice described as “a presence to take seriously” and the New York Times deemed “the most balanced and intelligent comment on the battle of the sexes seen in a long time.” That same year, Korder’s play was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Directed by IUP theater professor Rick Kemp, Boys’ Life is a bitingly funny, post-modern comedy of manners which follows three former college buddies now seeking to make their way in the big city—and with various women of their acquaintance.
In a series of fast-paced, sharply etched scenes, the play uncovers the drives, pretensions, and fears of Jack, Phil, and Don. In the end, it is made clear that it is actually the women who possess the qualities to which they lay claim.
The play contains language and situations to which some audience members may object, and it is not considered appropriate for children.
Tickets for Boys’ Life are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus.
Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by call the HUB box office at 724-357-1313. Tickets remaining will be available at the door starting forty-five minutes before each performance. Tickets are $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more, and $8 with a university I-card.
Theater-by-the-Grove is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association and produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts.