The Braggart Soldier
By Titus Maccius Plautus February 21-23, 27, 28 March 1 & 2 at 7:30 P.M.
Comedy today has roots in the plays of Roman playwright Plautus. For example, the plots of three of his plays were combined to create Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing On the Way to the Forum. The Braggart Soldier follows the scheming clever slave, Palaestrio, as he employs his trickery to reunite master and girlfriend while making a fool out of the braggart soldier. All depends on persuading those he deceives that the girlfriend has a twin sister, who just happens to be visiting at the house next door. The plot unfolds in a typical bedroom farce style with characters popping in and out just in the nick of time to avoid being caught in the deception. Come see what audiences have been laughing at for over 2,200 years.