Monday, July 18, 2005

Educating Rita

Thursday starts the Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City, although the art show began last weekend.

But, really, the big pick for this week is the "Educating Rita" staged reading in Franklin at the Barrow Civic Little Theatre at 8 pm in Franklin’s Barrow Civic Little Theatre (1223 Liberty Street).

University lecturer Frank needs to earn some extra money, so he agrees to tutor Rita: a brash, earthy hairdresser with a recently discovered passion for higher education, much to the dismay of her husband Denny. In her attempts to appreciate literature, Rita challenges the attitudes of a traditional university, teaching Frank to question his own understanding of his work and himself. The play explores the relationship between student and tutor. Much of the comedy arises from Rita's fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics of English literature, but she is never patronized by the playwright, Willy Russell, who recognizes from his own experience that education is a means of escape from one's own circumstances.

Ed Ramage will perform the role of Frank, while Grove City resident Penny David Covert will portray Rita. The cost is $3. There will be a cash bar. This play contains adult language and may be inappropriate for children under the age of 13.

TiLT is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency

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