Love, comedy carry ‘The Marriage’

"The Marriage," a Russian comedy by Nikolai Gogol, is being directed by visiting director Georgij Paro. Margo Fiorito (left) plays a matchmaker who is trying to arrange the marriage of a wealthy woman to several suitors, including Podkyolsin, played by junior S. Baker Eatmon. / photo by Rhidian Maehl
“The Marriage,” a Russian comedy by Nikolai Gogol, is being directed by visiting director Georgij Paro. Margo Fiorito (left) plays a matchmaker who is trying to arrange the marriage of a wealthy woman to several suitors, including Podkyolsin, played by junior S. Baker Eatmon. / photo by Rhidian Maehl

by Julie Eklund
Staff Writer

Performances of “The Marriage,” the latest endeavor of the University of La Verne Theatre Department, began yesterday and will continue through April 26.

The comedy tells the story of Agafya, played by junior Chryseis Alexander, who is pursued by four suitors, played by freshman Jared Ellis, juniors Scott Fowler and S. Baker Eatmon and senior Ken Lee.

There are also matchmakers involved in this story of the Christian duty of marriage.

“They’re all looking for love,” said Alexander.

The play was written in the 1830s by Russian Nikolai Gogol.

Dr. David Flaten, professor of theater arts, characterizes Gogol as, “one of the greatest and most original Russian writers, who has a unique, truthful view of the world.”

Georgij Paro, director of the Croatian National Theater, is directing “The Marriage.” He has been making annual visits to ULV to direct a play or teach a class each year. This particular play was his idea.

“Georgij is an excellent director, he’s always keeping us on our toes,” said junior Jennifer Rodriguez, a theater major and the stage manager for “The Marriage.”

The cast has rehearsed since March 7 and is excited about the play because it is something different.

“It’s high energy. It’s the closest thing to farce that we’ve done since I’ve been here,” said Alexander.

“The Marriage” is being shown in Dailey Theatre tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and also at the same time on the 24-26. Admission is $5 for students and $6 for faculty and staff.

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