Fri., Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., Tue., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 30, 2 p.m. 2011
Our modern version of entertainment runs comfortingly close to that which amused Roman audiences more than 2,000 years ago. The Comedy of Asses, according to playwright Plautus' prologue, is "a clever comedy, full of drollery and laughable situations." In the play, a subservient, scheming husband does his damnedest to help his son win a lover, while tricking his own wife out of some of her large fortune. The plot, showcasing family dysfunction, deception, sex and greed, sounds an awful lot like an hour of Maury, only with more singing. The UMKC Theatre Department is mounting this ancient piece of work at the Spencer Theatre in the Olson Performing Arts Center (4949 Cherry) through October 30. Tickets cost $15 for adults, or $10 for seniors and students, and can be purchased online at umkctheatre.org or by calling the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222. Tonight's show begins at 7:30.