Theater Program Begins 2017-2018 Season with “The Matchmaker”

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers–Camden theater program opens the curtains on its 2017-18 season with a rollicking production of Thornton Wilder’s classic comedy, “The Matchmaker,” in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, to Saturday, Nov. 4. There will also be a special mid-morning high school matinee performance at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

Senior theater major Stella Brennan-Romano of Montclair plays matchmaker extraordinaire Dolly Levi, leading a large cast of Rutgers–Camden students and alumni.

Director Paul Bernstein, an associate professor of theater at Rutgers–Camden, describes the production as “a farce in the old-fashioned sense, with familiar conventions such as characters hidden under tables and in closets, a complex conspiracy to bring young, impetuous lovers together, and a happy ending in which three couples are united. We’ve honored these traditions in our own, unique way.”

The hottest ticket on Broadway, “Hello, Dolly!” owes it all to Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker.” Heralded as “Loud, slap-dash and uproarious…extraordinarily original and funny” by The New York Times, Wilder’s timeless farce is full of outrageous humor, deceit, and ridiculous romance.

The Walter K. Gordon Theater is located in the Fine Arts Complex, at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni; $8 for students; and free for Rutgers students. They can be purchased in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center, or by phone at (856) 225-6211. To arrange tickets for the high school matinee, contact the Department of Fine Arts at (856) 225-6176.

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