Chaos and comedy amid the Cold WarDickinson State University students will present the British farce, “Look, No Hans!” as its final production of the season.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
Dickinson State University students will present the British farce, “Look, No Hans!” as its final production of the season.
“Basically, it’s a comedy about mistaken identities more than a love triangle and it has some spy twists involved,” director Jarvis Jahner said.
The play is set during the Cold War in the West Berlin apartment of Peter Fisher.
The hapless Fisher is the manager of the West Berlin office of a British car company Midland Motors. His wife, Monica, is due to fly home to England, leaving Fisher to spend his birthday quietly. When Monica’s plane is delayed and she returns home, her arrival is followed by the appearance of Heidi, Fisher’s mistress, and Mitzi, a singing telegram girl.
Cadwallader, an agent from the British Security of Industry walks into the apartment. He is awaiting the arrival of Hans, an industrial spy whom no one has ever seen.
Adding to the confusion is Tregunter-Jones, a representative from Midland Motors.
“Amid all of the chaos, Hans finally appears, setting up an ending you won’t soon forget,” Jahner said.
The play was selected because it is fun for the actors and the audience, Jahner said.
“It’s something a lot of people will understand and it’s similar to an Austin Powers face, but not as extreme,” he said.
The cast is led by Jesse Kilwein as the bumbling Peter Fisher.
“He’s a salesman and a spy and I like to describe him as an intelligent dolt,” Kilwein said. “The play is for anybody who wants a Scooby Do confusion of characters. It’s probably not for children, but it’s for any high school or college student or adult who wants to have a good night.”
Todd Selle is the stern Walter Cadwallader, while Fisher’s wife, Monica, is portrayed by Betsy Devero.
Jordan Mork plans the German mistress, Heidi, while Megan Ries plays the lovable Mitzi.
Lauren Soderberg is cast as Tregunter-Jones, while Alex Jacobs is the heard-but-never-seen Kurt.
The stage properties have been designed by Alexandra Jahner, costumes by Pattie Carr, and the stage manager is Tim Rosin.
Jahner has performed on the DSU stage as a student, but this is the first show he will direct as a faculty member at DSU.
“Look, No Hans!” opens at 7:30 p.m., Thursday in the DSU Backstage Theater. Additional performances are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and also April 19, 20 and 21, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. April 15.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors 62 and older and students 18 and younger. Due to adult subject matter, this show is not recommended for children.
Reservations must be made by calling 701-483-2154 or by stopping by DSU May Hall 207 weekday afternoons.