Lycoming College Theatre Department to present “A Fitting Confusion”

Lycoming College - Williamsport, PA

Lycoming College - Williamsport, PA

The Lycoming College Theatre Department will present the non-stop comedy of errors, “A Fitting Confusion,” by French playwright Georges Feydeau, who is credited with inventing the modern farce. Production dates are Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. in the College’s Mary L. Welch Theatre.Based on “Tailleur pour dames,” written in 1884 when Feydeau was 24-years-old and living in Paris, Norman Shapiro’s translation titled “A Fitting Confusion” displays how one tiny white lie keeps expanding and causing disasters wherever it travels.

Feydeau said, “Whenever two of my characters absolutely, positively under any circumstances shouldn’t meet, I put them in the same room together.” In the College’s production of “A Fitting Confusion,” the audience will see the results of this putting together over and over again. Doctors and patients, husbands and wives, customers in a dressmaker’s shop, and even a maid on roller skates spin round and round trying to beat the clock and make order out of chaos.

The play is directed by Dr. Fredric Wild, a professor in the Communication and Theatre departments, and features a cast of both new and familiar Lycoming theatre faces. McGair Valois plays the perpetually perplexing Dr. Balthasar Molineaux, newly married to Yvonne, played by Kaitlyn Hobbs, who will not be fooled by his trickery. Surrounding this unlikely couple are friends and family who only serve to perturb the situation: Molineaux’s faithful servant, Etienne, played by Glenn Armiger; Bassinet, a friend, portrayed by Steve Ferguson; and Yvonne’s mother, Madame Aigreville, played by Rebecca J. Schoeneberger. Additional cast members that add to the mayhem include Vincent Sisley, Nara Naranjit, Tyler Winthrop, Jacalyn McPhail, Sarah Runtas and Lori Newton.

A “Dinner and a Show” is offered on Friday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The dinner takes place in the Jane Schultz Room in the Wertz Student Center, and will feature a delectable menu straight from Paris: French onion soup, chicken cordon bleu with roasted potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, deliciously topped with France’s favorite fall treat for dessert, pumpkin crème brûlée. The doors of the Jane Schultz Room open at 6:15 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. for a leisurely dining experience before the 8 p.m. performance. All tickets for the “Dinner and a Show” are only $16 and must be purchased at the Box Office in advance by calling 570-321-4048 by Monday, Nov. 10.

For tickets to “A Fitting Confusion” or the “Dinner and a Show,” contact the Mary L. Welch Theatre Box Office , Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. starting Monday, Nov. 3, and at 6:30 p.m. before each performance. General admission tickets are $10 each; senior citizen and student tickets are $8 each. Special group rates are available by contacting the Box Office. For more information, call the Box Office at 570-321-4048 or visit

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