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story.lead_photo.caption Byron Taylor (standing, left) and Amanda Boggs along with Juliana Flinn (seated, left) and Justin Pike rehearse a scene in the Community Theatre of Little Rock production of A.R. Gurney's The Fourth Wall, opening tonight.

— The Community Theatre of Little Rock is presenting A.R. Gurney's comedy The Fourth Wall beginning at 7:30 p.m. today and continuing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 2, at The Public Theatre, 616 Center St.

Past Event

"The Fourth Wall"

  • Friday, October 24, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
  • Public Theatre


Tickets are $14 and $12 for students, adults over age 65 and those in groups of 10 or more.

Due to limited seating, reservations are highly encouraged. Call (501) 663-9494.

Saturday's performance will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing by students in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Interpreter Education Program.

The Oct. 31 performance will include a Halloween costume competition among patrons at intermission.

Frank O. Butler and Mark Troillett are co-directing the show; the cast includes Byron Taylor as Roger, Amanda Boggs as Julia, Juliana Flinn as Peggy and Justin Pike as Floyd.

The play takes its name from the decision of housewife Peggy to turn all her living room furniture toward a blank wall - the theatrical "fourth wall" - with the result that anyone who enters the room begins to feel as if he is acting in a play, including the desire to burst into Cole Porter songs.

Peggy'shusband, Roger, and best friend, Julia, struggle with Peggy to find a "plot," in all this, and an "expert" is summoned by Floyd, a drama professor at the local community college.

Gurney also wrote The Dining Room and Love Letters. According to a news release, Gurney, in The Fourth Wall, takes a look at "the current state of theater and the world, as he jabs at Bush, Clinton, politics, TV, academia, New Yorkers and even the cola wars in an effort to encourage audiences to break through their own personal 'fourth wall' and become more involved in the world around them."

Weekend, Pages 117 on 10/24/2008


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