By David Klassen
The University of Winnipeg is presenting a new production next month by German playwright Botho Strauss.
The third-year honours acting class will star in “Seven Doors,” a rare mix of absurdity, sketch comedy, and post-modern tragedy with a couple of musical numbers.
In eleven playful and profound scenes, the characters delve deeper and deeper into hilarity and absurdity as they try to make sense of their feelings. The characters cling fiercely to the personae they have chosen and as a result, they suffer (often hilarious) confusion and distress when they try to connect and disconnect in this modern world. Where Sartre made the point that hell is other people, Strauss points out that hell is ourselves.
Performances run February 12-15 at 8:00 p.m. nightly, and Saturday, February 16 at 7 p.m., at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, 400 Colony Street (enter off Balmoral). Admission is free but reservations are recommended by calling (204) 786-9152.