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January 12, 2010

UofL Theatre presents “Betty’s Summer Vacation”

Unusual characters share a summer rental with wild results

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –“Betty’s Summer Vacation,” by Christopher Durang, opens the 2010 season for University of Louisville’s Department of Theatre Arts.

Durang’s outrageous comedy will be performed Feb. 3 – 7 at 8 p.m. nightly plus a 3 p.m. matinee Feb. 7. All performances are at the The Playhouse, 1911 S. 3rd Street.

Director Jim Tompkins, associate professor of theatre arts, believes this is the first performance of the play in Louisville. Durang won an Obie Award for playwriting for the racy, off-Broadway production.

The comedy centers on the chaos that ensues when the main character, Betty, signs up for a summer timeshare in search of peace and tranquility but finds the rental has some very dysfunctional guests.

“We chose the play for its comedic qualities and its great writing. It has a lot of adult themes and swearing but it is all screamingly funny,” Tompkins said. “If you want a good laugh at the way Americans deal with scandal, celebrities, TV, the law and political correctness then this is the show for you.”

The comedy is recommended for adult audiences.

Show tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6814 or visit


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