By Collin Atwood
In the Fuller Arts Center from November 14 to November 17, the Springfield College Theater Program will present a play by Tony Kushner called Illusion. This play was freely adapted from Pierre Corneille’s play called L’Illusion Comique.
Illusion is a play about a man who drives his son to run away from his life. After 15 long years of searching for his son, the father had run out of options.
He makes his way to a deep and dark cave, seeking the assistance of a magician who lives in the cave. The magician shows the father scenes from his son’s life and enlightens him on the son’s eventful 15 years away from home.
The play at Springfield College will be directed by Martin Shell, Professor of Theater Arts and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Illusion does not give the impression that it would be a comedic play, but it is. “It’s a romantic comedy,” Shell said.
Some of the scenes that the magician makes the father aware of are of his son’s love life.
“Primarily, we’re hoping for them to be happily engaged in something kind of fantastical and playful… there’s a good deal of love,” Shell stated.
While romance and comedy make up a majority of what to expect from the play, that’s not all it has to offer. Behind all the humor and love, Illusion is “a little mysterious and magical,” according to Shell.
This play is not a tragedy, but it does touch on the suffering and danger that comes with passionate love.
“You can’t have one without the other,” Shell explained. “There’s a lot of happiness, funny stuff and good stuff, but there’s always problems that are sort of the dark side of life.”
The magician in the cave seems to be suspicious and the scenes that are shared with the father are questioned. “Because we have a magician who’s revealing the story we’re wondering, is this what it really seems to be?” Shell said.
“There’s a bit of mystery, comedy and romance,” he added.
This triple threat of mystery, love, and laughter featured in Illusion will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Its last showing on Sunday, November 17, will be at 2 p.m. General admission fee is $5 and students and senior citizens will be charged $2.
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