The Brigham Young University-Idaho Department of Theater and Dance is excited to present its production of “No Fish in the House,” directed by Tom Wilford. The production will be held in the Snow Drama Theatre and run May 24, 26, 30, and June 2 at 7:30 p.m. A matinee will be held on May 27 and June 3 at 2 p.m.
“No Fish in the House” is a madcap comedy in the Italian tradition of the commedia dell’arte. The production features four student actors who play a variety of roles while wearing masks in the commedia dell’arte style, performing onstage and interacting with the audience. Filled with slapstick humor, impromptu operations, and flying tiger sponges, “No Fish in the House” is a fun-filled romp for the whole family. The humorous and witty play will delight children and adults alike.
Director Tom Wilford said the comedic style found in “No Fish in the House” originates in the Italian Renaissance.
“Commedia dell’arte is a form of improvised masked theatre that originated in the 1500s,” he said. “The stock characters created has served as the template for our modern comedy. Without commedia, we wouldn’t have slapstick comedy, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Looney Tunes or SpongeBob SquarePants. ‘No Fish in the House’ takes the classical use of mask and character and combines it with our modern sensibilities. There is no overt moral or lesson to be shared; sometimes we just need a good laugh.”
Tickets are on sale now at www.byui.edu/ticket-office or at the ticket office inside the University Store. All tickets for this performance cost $3.