UK Theater offers play for the ‘lonely and bitter’

By Paul Mattingly

For entertainment tonight that does not include sweeping and poetic romance, one UK theater production might provide a murderous alternative.

The play “The Butleress,” a comedy-horror by Nick Stoller, opens tonight at 7:30 in the Little Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Director Jesse Pavlovic said “The Butleress” is a “play within a play.” In the story, four characters are trying to put together their own play when a madman suddenly appears in the theater and chaos ensues.

Even though “The Butleress” opens on Valentine’s Day, viewers should not expect a story that caters to a romance-seeking audience.

“It’s the anti-Valentine’s Day show,” said Sarah Fogarty, production assistant for “The Butleress” and theater sophomore.

“If you’re lonely and bitter, come see ‘The Butleress,’ ” Pavlovic said jokingly.

Pavlovic, a theater sophomore, said despite some gruesome undertones, “The Butleress” is not overly dark or sinister. Even though the story is one of horror and drama, it is still lighthearted.

“It’s a comedy,” Pavlovic said.

The play will also be performed tomorrow at 5 and 7 p.m. All showings will take place in the Little Theatre. Admission is free to all, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.