UW-Whitewater production of ‘Triumph of Love’ opens Tuesday

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s theater and dance department will present “Triumph of Love.”

This musical production runs Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 26 to March 1, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee set for Saturday, March 2, in the Barnett Theatre.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 262-472-2222 or online at tickets.uww.edu. Prices are $14 for general admission, $12 for those over age 64, $9.50 for youth 17 and younger and $6 for UW-W students.

“Triumph of Love” takes place in the 18th century in an elaborate Greco-French garden in Sparta. It explores love and all of its absurdities in its bittersweet nature, which reveals the beauty of it all.

The chamber music by Jeffrey Stock is charming and a perfect way to showcase comedic actors. This musical features plenty of comical buffoonery and lustful humor.

“Triumph of Love” is a tale of two dueling households who lay claim to the throne; Prince Agis vows to kill Princess Leonide so his family can reign with intellect over the realm. Leonide hopelessly falls for Agis and seeks entry into their private retreat disguised as a man.

While her disguise fools only some, everyone falls in love with her winsome spirit as a hilariously messy path to love ensues.

Bruce Cohen directs the show, and Robert Gehrenbeck conducts with choreography by Piper Morgan Hayes.

“It is a charming and intimate musical,” Cohen said in a news release. “The plot is a classic ‘battle of the sexes’ trope and plays on the age-old chasm between reason and emotion. It reaffirms the inevitable and very human truth that passion, sensuality and love trump cold intellect and logic.”

The cast includes Molly Wanlass as Princess Leonide, Faith O’Reilly as Corine (her maid servant), David Baker as Prince Agis, Ashley Brouwer as Hesione (his aunt, a philosopher), Nathan Broege as Hermocrates (a philosopher and brother to Hesione), Kory Friend as Harlequin (the valet) and Cade Stowe as Dimas (the gardener).

 
 

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