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Educating Rita

Sunday May 21, 2017

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4904 Fourth Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Phone: 345-2872
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West End Productions

Phone: 505-410-8524
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Dramatist Willy Russell delightfully weaves together the lives Frank the tutor and Rita the hairdresser with great wit, humor and profound insight.

West End Productions present: Award-winning English comedy. It is the 1980s, Liverpool, England. Frank is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and to bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn and to change her social circumstances through the pursuit of higher education. Willy Russell delightfully weaves together the lives of these two unique characters, with great wit, humor and profound insight. (1983 movie starred Michael Caine and Julie Walters). Performances Fri, Sat at 7.30pm, Sun at 2pm


Willy Russell's 1980s award-winning English comedy.

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Getting Schooled in '80s Liverpool

We all receive a lesson in Educating Rita

Taking a seat at the small theater of the VSA North Fourth Art Center, the stage was well set for the the first scenes of Educating Rita, a seminal play of the 1980s by Willy Russell. The set remains the same throughout the (fairly lengthy, one should note) play; its the office of one of the two characters, Frank—a poet-turned-professor-turned-alcoholic. The office is plush—leather armchairs, tall book cases, desk lamps, a Persian rug—presenting the rich, glowing academic world as the only other character, Rita, must see it. Rita is a hairdresser with an insatiable intellectual appetite, who has been enrolled in an Open University course, with Frank as her tutor. Operating under the guise of that relationship, an emotional journey unfolds over the course of a single semester at a university in Liverpool.

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