Opening on Friday,
November 3 and running through Sunday, November 19, 4th Street Theater will
present Israel Horovitz’s comedic play, The Primary English Class.
The setting is a
classroom where an eager young teacher is about to tackle her first
assignment--teaching basic English to a group of new citizens, not one of
whom speaks the same language as another. Included are an excitable Italian,
an over-eager Frenchman, a near-sighted German, an elderly Chinese woman and
a Japanese girl. A Polish janitor adds to the comedy.
The one thing that
they manage to convey to each other is that their respective last names all
mean "wastebasket." But struggle as she will, the teacher, Debbie, is
hard-pressed to bring them beyond this point of communication. Two
translators help the audience along.
The play premiered
in 1976, starring Diane Keaton, and the NY Times review called it ”An
hilarious comedy of true originality a gem of an idea
souffle with a clever recipe and a taste you will not
forget in a hurry." The Village Voice raved “a tour de force of stunning
The very talented
cast will actually speak the respective languages of the characters in the
play. They include Rodney Thornton, Donna Rowland, and Margie Calhoon of
Chesterton, Luke Bouman of Valparaiso, Kendra Vanderstar and George
Maslankowski of LaPorte, Allison Davis of Crown Point, Dean Johanson of
Griffith, Mike Johnson of Whiting, and Rea Robinson of Hobart.
The show is
directed by Rob Hunt of Michigan City. Kevin Doler of Chesterton designed
the set, Angie Heid of Kingsford Heights designed the lighting, and Victoria
Luster-Bartz of Michigan City designed the costumes.
4th Street Theater
is located at 125 N. Fourth Street, Chesterton.
are at 3:00 pm; all others are at 8:00 pm. Admission is $20. Call the box
office at (219) 926-7875 or go to Brown Paper Tickets online. Reservations
are strongly suggested, as seating is limited.