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Is He Dead?

Friday Sep 13, 2013

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Adobe Theater

9813 Fourth Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114-2121
US

Phone: 898-9222
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

$13-$15

Ages:

ALL-AGES!

A madcap comedy written by Mark Twain.

Mark Twain wrote Is He Dead? In 1898 during a lecture tour abroad, but a combination of many factors prevented it from ever being produced. In 2002, the manuscript of the play was re-discovered and given to David Ives (All in the Timing) to adapt and stage for Broadway, where it was lauded as “shriekingly funny.” In this madcap comedy in the cross-dressing tradition of Charlie’s Aunt, we meet Jean-Francois Millet, a young genius painter, deeply in debt, whose only way to pay his debts is to die, as only dead painters obtain fame and fortune. Millet fakes his death and passes himself off as his sister, the Widow Tillou. How will he get out of a dress and back into life with his sweetheart?

See also: Stage Whispers

Twain mocks art from grave

Almost 100 years after his death, American author and mustached funny man Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) takes a jab at the art scene. Discovered amongst Twain’s papers in 2004 and later adapted into a play, Is He Dead? follows the life of a destitute painter who knows that the only successful artist is a dead one. However, after faking his own death, he ironically discovers that unlike Twain, dead artists do not produce new art. His only chance is to disguise himself as his twin sister, keep creating masterpieces and pray he’s not exposed. Director Brian Hansen and the Adobe Theater (9813 Fourth Street NW) present Twain’s whimsical tale from Sept. 13 to Oct. 6, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. The performance stars newcomer Malcolm Loungway and features Adobe veterans Jennifer Benoit, Adrienne Cox, Teresa Kizziah and others. Don’t miss the play’s New Mexico premiere, complete with music, moving scenery, actors’ asides to the audience and other conventions iconic of 19th-century theater—and the mighty Twain himself. Get your tickets: 898-9222 or adobetheater.org. (Jeremy Shattuck)

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