January 31, 2002

Setting the Stage

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By daniel fischer

red letter daze staff writer

After last fall’s lack-luster theatre season, this one promises to be more exciting This weekend, the long awaited Godot comes to the Cornell stage, with Cuckoo’s Nest on the horizon. And to compliment the mainstage theatre, the student-run theatre groups are also planning some exciting seasons.

Upstage Left

Upstage Left is putting on A Shot in the Dark, by Henry Kurnitz. This murder mystery comedy served as the source for the second Pink Panther movie of the same title. After five semesters in a row of producing comedies (Noises Off, Exit the Body, Beyond Therapy) the group took a hiatus from the laughter and most recently produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Cherry Orchard. With Shot, they are returning to their old-school comedic style. Director Andy Fischer ’03 notes, “After two semesters of doing cheesy, fru-fru classic dramas, its nice for USL to get back to doing comedy.”

The show is about a detective’s first case. He is a nice honest guy, trying to get to the bottom of the murder mystery The sole action revolves around him interviewing different personality types and being pressured into getting the quickest confession possible. USL alums Howie Goldstein ’02 and Ben Bleiberg ’02 are back on the scene, after their respective semesters abroad. The group is looking for a performance date at the beginning of April in the Risley Theatre space.