First performed in 1969, the uproarious farce “What the Butler Saw,’’ shocked audiences when it was first produced. Now, almost 50 years later, what were racy subjects are far less so, and audiences are able to both laugh more and see better the delightfully wicked bullets that playwright Joe Orton fires in startling pace from beginning to end.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its “Art of Hope” season with “What the Butler Saw,” beginning Sept. 6, marking the third Main Stage and fourth overall production of the company’s 55th season.
This brilliant comedy unveils the fragile state of truth in the hands of those in power, and the power of truth despite our easy ability to twist it. Because the show includes moments of partial undress and adult subject matter, it is not suitable for young children.
This is the first Joe Orton play to be produced at The Shakespeare Theatre, something Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte is very excited about. “Set in a veritable madhouse, Joe Orton’s masterpiece farce provides the perfect comedic response to our current world, one in which we find ourselves questioning our sanity or that of others on a daily basis,” she said.
Tickets for this production can be purchased at ShakespeareNJ.org or by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600, by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org or by calling the box office at 973-408-5600. The Theatre will bring back its successful 30 UNDER 30 program for the 2017 season. Patrons aged 30 and under can purchase tickets for only $30 with valid ID, subject to availability.