Thursday, February 17, 2011

#131: Proof

Many of you might know this, but there are three of us who blog here. As of today, I'm claiming the title of "Resident Theater Blogger". South Bend's theater scene is broad, thanks to a great civic theater, the many universities in the area, and a state-of-the-art performing arts center, as well as incredibly varied. I've previously written about theater productions and related events from several of these venues here, here, here, here, and here. For some reason, I gravitate toward the stage and, well, I hope I'm convincing you to do so as well.

Today features another dramatic installment, this time thanks to the talented and thoughtful people in Notre Dame's Film, Television, and Theater Department. Their first show of this semester is David Auburn's Proof, and it opens tonight with a run that continues until Sunday, February 27. Proof only utilizes four actors to tell the story of the famed mathematician Robert, his daughter Catherine, and Hal, whose life intersects both of theirs in increasingly interesting ways. Proof offers commentary on the ideas of genius and madness, and as the advertising for this production highlights, it "suggests that developing trust and love can be difficult, and just as uncertain, as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof." It was first produced in 2001 and garnered an impressive array of awards that year including the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play.

Location: Philbin Studio Theater, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Ticket Price: $10-15

For more information on this play and to order tickets, go here.

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