Falling in Love with Fools

by Jody Godoy '05

On Thursday, January 19, APU Drama kicked off the new year with laughter by presenting the whimsical comedy Fools. Written by Neil Simon, Fools is a lighthearted tale that delivers a lot of laughs and raises powerful questions about the nature of love and knowledge.

The play is set in Kulyenchicov, a fictional town in a rustic little corner of the Ukraine. For 200 years the village has been cursed, making its inhabitants as dumb as "bumps on logs," until the arrival of Leon Tolchinsky, a an optimistic young schoolteacher played by Stephen Bobbett '05. As he attempts to break the curse by teaching the loveable but impossibly dim-witted villagers, Leon discovers that knowledge isn’t the only thing they lack, and things in Kulyenchicov are more complex than they seem.

Director Brian Mercer called the play "hysterically funny with a great message." "I fell in love the first time I saw it," he said. APU Drama purchased the set from the production company who put on the performance that won Mercer’s heart.

Communication Studies major Jared Tharp '05, said that he had a lot of fun doing the play. The small cast of 11 made it easy for him to get to know people, and Tharp said he couldn’t imagine a better first APU production to be involved in.

In fact, it’s hard to imagine a better play to start off the spring semester. Fools is delightful and not to be missed.

The play will be presented at the APU Theatre located inside the Mary Hill Center on West Campus. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings on January 23-25. Doors open for evening performances at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance at InCom or at the door.