AE Romance Theater debuts with ‘Jeeves Intervenes’ Feb. 6-7

Staff Report

Love is a funny thing. Just ask Jeeves.

Bertie Wooster and Jeeves are back, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, as Artists’ Ensemble Theater (AET) presents AE Romance Theater. This is the second in a series of faux radio broadcasts, with period costumes, vintage mikes and live sound effects.

Six actors and a sound effects man will present the comedy Jeeves Intervenes at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 6 and 7, in the Cheek Theatre at Rockford University. There are no reservations to make; no tickets to buy. Sit where you like; pay what you can.

Jeeves Intervenes, adapted by Margaret Raether from P.G. Wodehouse, had its world premiere in 2006 at AET. Since then, the play has been produced in Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle and Vancouver.

David A. Gingerich and Gary Wingert return as Bertie Wooster and Jeeves. They are joined by Stephen F. Vrtol III, Erin Koroll, Margaret Raether and H.Russ Brown.

Eustace loves Gertie. Gertie loves Bertie, Bertie wants to remain a bachelor. Only Jeeves could sort this out.

One of the reasons we wanted to kick off AE Romance Theater with Jeeves Intervenes was to celebrate the publication of the Jeeves trilogy,” said AE Artistic Director Richard Raether. All three comedies started out at AET, and all three are now published by Playscripts, Inc.

Remember, love may last forever, but AE Romance Theater lasts for only two days. Read more at www.artistsensemble.org or call the AET box office at (815) 394-5004.

From the Feb. 4-10, 2015, issue

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