If you are a fan of Oscar Wilde’s novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, then you have to check out the stage play, In Vain. Written collaboratively by Cristina Pippa (screenwriter, playwright, and Director of the MFA in Dramatic Writing in the MJF) and Sharon Kenny (Broadway composer), the stage play is a clever retelling of the classic story that addresses themes of vanity, morality, and the price of beauty.
“The music is the most emotional part of the show.”
– Cristina Pippa
Set in a contemporary society, the play follows the life of Vivian Wilde, portrayed masterfully by a talented cast. The play takes a unique perspective, humorously examining the materialistic aspects of modern society. The characters are well fleshed out and their backstories add a degree of depth and meaning to their roles. You’ll laugh, cry, and maybe even cringe a little, but most importantly, you will be intrigued by the dynamic social commentary and thematic symbolism.
“Many thanks to the Reynolds College of Arts and Letters for hosting this world premiere.”
– Cristina Pippa
The masterful direction by Broadway legend and professor, Robert Westenberg, and the Department of Theater and Dance’s own Karen Sabo, a well-crafted script, and the perfectly timed production cues all contribute to the overall success of the stage play. The attention to detail and nuanced performances by the actors transport the audience into the world of In Vain. Furthermore, In Vain also presents a thought-provoking but satirical take on modern American culture.
Overall, In Vain is a must-see experience that engages, entertains, and educates its audience. With its witty humor and engaging storyline, you will leave the theater smiling and pondering what it means to truly live. Don’t miss out on a chance to see this compelling and thought-provoking masterpiece.
Don’t miss it! There are still showtimes available!
April 14 & 15 – 7:30 PM – Coger Theatre
April 16 – 2:30 PM – Coger Theatre