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June 24, 2010 Volume 31, No. 32

A summer standby

One of Mizzou’s best-loved summer traditions is the Department of Theater’s Summer Repertory series, and this summer the season starts July 8 with a pair of comedies and a trio of “Comedies in Concert.” 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, directed by James Miller, chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. It opens at 8 p.m. July 8 at Rhynsburger Theatre in the Fine Arts Building. Additional presentations will be at 8 p.m. July 9, 10, 16, 22 and 24, and at 2 p.m. July 11 and 25. 

Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, directed by Cheryl Black, places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian café in 1904 just before the renowned scientist transformed physics. It will be presented in Rhynsburger Theatre at 8 p.m. July 15, 17 and 23, and July 29-31, and at 2 p.m. July 18 and Aug. 1.

The three Comedies in Concert will be presented at the Corner Playhouse: The Sudden Glide, written and directed by David Crespy, will be at 8 p.m. July 13; Solidarity by Frank Lasik, directed by Matt Fotis, will be at 8 p.m. July 20; and The Burgundy Slipper by Andy Pierce, directed by Emily Rollie, will be at 8 p.m. July 27. 

For ticket information, go to or call 882-PLAY.