‘Incorruptible’ opens Artists’ Ensemble’s season Sept. 9

Mariah Thornton and David A. Gingerich in “Incorruptible” at Artists’ Ensemble Theater. (Photo by John Cobb)

Staff Report

The Dark Ages are looking pretty dark in the 13th century — the wheelbarrow hasn’t been invented yet, and the patron saint of the village hasn’t worked a miracle in 13 years. Then, a group of destitute monks take a lesson from a larcenous minstrel, who teaches them an outrageous way to make a fortune.

What could possibly go wrong? Besides … well, everything. Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger opens Artists’ Ensemble Theater’s eighth season with performances Sept. 9-25 in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford College.

Acclaimed as “a lightning-fast farce, rich in both verbal and physical humor,” by American Theatre, the comedy features Ensemble member David A. Gingerich as Jack and guest artist Michael Herold as Charles, the good-hearted, if misguided, abbot.

Mariah Thornton plays Marie, Jack’s “We are man and wife, in all but the eyes of the law and the church.”; Patte Armato Lund plays Marie’s eccentric mom; Chad Brazzle, Jamie Button and David Jacobs play monks; and Margaret Raether plays the abbess of a nearby convent.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays; 8 p.m., Fridays; 4 and 8 p.m., Saturdays; and 2 p.m., Sundays. Thursday tickets are $19. All other performances are $28, $26 for seniors and $10 for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artistsensemble.org or by calling (815) 904-2277.

From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2011, issue

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