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UWMC Theatre will present its production of Stop Kiss at the UWMC Center for Civic Engagement Black Box Theatre
625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI, from February 4-6, 2012. Show are at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors & Students, and free to UWMC Students. All tickets are general admission (but seriously, it’s a black box. There is no room for bad seats…)(On the other hand, seriously, it’s a black box. There’s not much room, period, so get there early…). Call the Office of Student Services at 715-261-6235 for tickets, or purchase them at the door.
As fair warning to those concerned, this show does include some explicit language. So leave the kids at home.
Although the central relationship in this show is a growing interest between two women, and the driving event in the action is an assault they suffer when they are seen kissing in public, this isn’t a show about homosexuality, or about gay-bashing. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley described it as, “a gentle, affectionate work, with a blithe sense of comedy that brings to mind early episodes of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’ Imagine Rhoda and Mary slowly discovering that they are physically attracted to each other, and you’ll know what I mean.”
There is a harder edge to parts of the story, of course, but don’t be put off by the undercurrents of the shows themes, or the quick summaries you may have run across. This is a story about relationships; their beginnings, their trials and tribulations, and even their endings. A show, like all the really great shows, about being human.
It’s also the directorial debut of UWSP senior, and UWMC alumni, Jenna Diedrich, and you know how The Theater Community loves to see new talent flexing it’s muscle on the local stage. So come support the UWMC Theatre program, and, even if you come on Sunday, still make it home in time for that football thing that’s going on that evening.