17th century meets 70s glam rock in UWL’s “The Country Wife”

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) – A dressed-down Restoration-era comedy gets all dressed up in headliner style when UW-La Crosse presents “The Country Wife.”

Under the guise of its innocent-sounding title, the story follows Horner, a young man especially talented when it comes to courting the wives of other men. He becomes so good at doing so, in fact, he has to pretend he’s “ill-equipped” for the task. That way, he gains the sympathy of other men around town and access to their wives. When a newly-married man and his naive wife encounter Horner, hilarity ensues.

Written by William Wycherley in 1600s England, the style resembles that of Moliere–low comedy in high society.. Director Greg Parmeter gives it a contemporary spin using 1970s glam rock as the scenic and wardrobe inspiration paired with the classic text.

The Country Wife runs April 26-28 and May 1-4 at UW-L’s Toland Theatre. Showtimes are 7:30 nightly with an afternoon matinee on Sunday, April 28 at 2. Tickets are available online and at the box office during regular hours of operation.


Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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