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Theater runs the gamut from silly and simply entertaining to super deep and causing self-reflection. Boise State's Theatre Arts Department is going with the latter for its new production, Becoming: An Evening of Five Short Plays.

The five plays are Watermelon Boats by Wendy MacLaughlin, Three Guys and a Brenda by Adam Bock, Bondage by David Henry Hwang, Medea by Christopher Durang and Wendy Wasserstein, and Come and Go by Samuel Beckett. Paired together, they seek to explore questions about human nature and relationships.

According to the department's description of the event, those deep philosophical questions include: "What’s at stake in our relationships? What are the joys? The heartaches? When do we trust? When don’t we? How do expectations—our own, society’s and others’—impact us when we invest in other human beings?"

And while a description that heavy may be a turn-off for those seeking light-hearted humor, the department describes the evening as a "surprising, humorous, and intimate journey."

The plays will be headed by special lecturer and first-time Boise State director Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe.

Boise State faculty, staff and students can score a FREE ticket at any ticket outlets, but not at the door. Admission for non-Broncos is $15 or $12 for non-Boise State students, alumni, members of the military and seniors. Round up nine friends and save some cash with $9 admission for groups of 10 or more.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. The production continues through Sunday, Oct. 14. See the department's website for more info.


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