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“The Matchmaker” Opens Thursday, May 1st


The curtains of the 2013-14 Wilson plays will close at the end of the Wilson Players’ production of “The Matchmaker,” a wild and hilarious play set in the 1890s in Yonkers, New York. The play, which was written by Thornton Wilder and is being directed by Wilson’s own Harriet Bronstein, is filled with laughs, surprising mix-ups, keen observations about life, and a ridiculous chase scene that is sure to enthrall an audience of all ages.

Things start to get interesting when Ms. Dolly Levi, the town matchmaker, falls for a man who hired her to set him up with another woman. Hilarity ensues as the man’s clerks sneak off to New York City for a weekend adventure, finding romance and drama along the way.

Levi is played by senior Fenice Thompson, who, like several of the other actors in the show, is graduating at the end of this year and feels bittersweet about performing.

“I’m a little sad because it’s my last Wilson play,” Thompson said. She was quick to add, however, that she’s still feeling “absolutely excited” about the entertaining show. “It’s intended to be very quick, with a lot of gags.”

Senior Liam Fischer plays Mr. Horace Vandergelder, the man Levi pursues even though he is supposed to be marrying a different woman. “We’ve got a very good crew. Everyone works well,” said Fischer.

Jonah Gigli, another player graduating in June, is still wrapping his head around the fact that his time with the Wilson Players is coming to a close. “It hasn’t really hit me that it’s the last [play] yet. It’ll be tough when it’s all over, but for now it’s typical Wilson theater, which is just awesome.”

Performances will take place on May 1, 2, and 3, at 7:30 pm in the Black Box. Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for Wilson staff, and $10 for adults.

Come out to see it if you want a night full of laughs and entertainment. In Fischer’s words, “This is a good play to end it.”