"Gorey Stories" brings improvisation to spring show

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The Theater Department is currently running its spring show, “Gorey Stories,” conceived and adapted for the stage by Stephen Currens.

With music by David Aldrich and based on the stories and illustrations of Edward Gorey, “Gorey Stories” is a somewhat macabre, often titillating, always delightful, nonsensical romp directed by Patricia Culbert, senior artist-in-residence, and music direction by Andy Iorio, guest artist.

Sarang Sharma ’15 plays an innocent, goody-two-shoes 4-year-old, who is involved in improvisational acting throughout the show, as his character often plays other types of characters, such as a Russian dancer or a painter. “Gorey Stories is a remarkable show. It’s interesting because unlike most plays on stage, there is a heavy emphasis on improvisation that gives the show a sort of fun and lively panache,” Sharma said.

“The show itself is a myriad of sex and violence, in the lightest and most unique style of humor,” said Joe Hinderstein ’15, who plays C.F. Earbrass. "We have a great cast that has been amazing to work with."

The show runs through the weekend; every night it begins at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Yulman Theater box office will be open Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. For reservations, call (518) 388-6545.