‘The Actor’s Fantasy’ staged Oct. 13-16 at NIU in DeKalb

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — Two couples, two big problems in two one-act plays. Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance presents The Actor’s Fantasy, two one-act plays by Harold Pinter and Horton Foote.

Performances are scheduled in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre from Thursday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 16. Show times are 7:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

A 4 a.m. phone call is the catalyst in Pinter’s The Collection, which is a witty and unsettling account of suspicion and betrayal within two relationships. Deception and trust are explored in this unique tale of uncertainty between two couples.

In the second play, Foote’s take on relationships is from the viewpoint of a slightly younger generation. The Dancers is the story of young teens faced with the anxiety of a first date and the meddling of parents who try to force them through their inadequacies. The all-important school dance is looming upon main character, Horace, as he tries to decide whom to ask to be his date – the prettiest girl in school or the girl with whom he shares a deep connection.

The performance is directed by School of Theatre and Dance faculty, Rick Poole.

Tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Building Box Office from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m., Friday, and one hour before curtain. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at (815) 753-1600 or online at www.niu.edu/theatre. Ticket cost is $5 for students, adults and seniors.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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