"The Ladies Man" Comes to UW-WC Stage

20th Century Farce is Riddled with Comedy

UW-Washington County will be presenting four performances of The Ladies Man in the campus theatre in early March. The farce was written by George Feydeau in 1886 and freely adapted from “Tailleur Pour Dames” by Charles Morey for American audiences. The story takes place in Belle Epoque, Paris.  Brad Ford, UW-WC Communications and Theatre Professor, will direct and design the performance. The four performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 4, 5, and 11, 12 at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Free parking is available.

The Ladies Man includes eight main characters. Ben Popies of Rubicon plays poor, increasingly frazzled and recently married, Dr. Hercule Molineaux.  Dr. Molineaux’s ditsy wholesome young wife, Yvonne, is played by Amy Vida of Slinger. The Molineaux’ saucy maid, Marie, is played by Brittany McWilliams of Allenton. His intimidating and gorgon of a mother-in-law (Madame Aigreville) is played by Diane Thomas of West Bend. Suzanne Aubin, a can-can dancer and Dr. Molineaux’s outrageously aggressive and mischievous patient is played by Sally Jude of Hartford. Suzanne’s very jealous Prussian husband, Gustav Auvin, is played by George O’Toole, of Iron Ridge. Other characters include Bassinet, a well-intentioned friend with a serious lisp, played by Matthew Patten of West Bend and Etienne, a valet with an attitude, played by Aaron Hetzel of West Bend.

The story is about a doctor who lies to his young wife (“one, tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie”) to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion. This one lie sets off a chain of misunderstandings, mistaken identities and events that involve everyone from his servants to his patients to his mother-in-law and more. The story includes more slamming doors than realistic architecture should ever accommodate, all adding up to a hilariously zany and infectiously charming farce.  

Similar to American vaudeville, French farce was the most popular style of theatre in the 19th century. The Ladies Man is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.  Tickets are $12 adults and $9 for seniors (over 62) and $9 for youth (under 18). For ticket reservations, phone 262-335-5208 or email: jean.kelley@uwc.edu


Sue Bausch