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Meadows Division of Theatre's "You Never Can Tell" Opens February 23 - Video Trailer and KERA Article Within

Rollicking comedy features romantic foibles and social mores gone awry


Love strikes at first sight, a father is reunited with lost children, youth shocks polite taste, a young dentist misbehaves, a waiter saves the day, and in the end a mysterious stranger resolves all. It’s You Never Can Tell, George Bernard Shaw’s frothy romantic comedy, presented by the Division of Theatre at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts from February 23-27, 2011. 

Set in an English seaside resort in the Edwardian era, the play centers around the Clandon family, recently returned to England after 18 years in Spain. When they invite a local young dentist and his landlord for lunch, they are shocked to learn the landlord is the family’s long-estranged father. Meanwhile the dentist falls for the Clandons’ oldest daughter, an emancipated modern woman with her own ideas about love. Shaw’s play, which pokes fun at Victorian social mores and the follies of relationships, has remained an audience favorite since its debut in 1897.

The production is directed by alumnus Patrick Kelly (B.A. ’68), a three-time winner of the Dallas Theatre Critics’ Circle Award for Best Direction and former chair of the Drama Department at the University of Dallas. Kelly has directed numerous productions for the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as well as for theatres in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Set design is by New York-based guest artist John Arnone, a Tony Award-winning designer and fellow Meadows alumnus (B.A. 1970). Arnone began his distinguished career in 1976 with Vanities, an off-Broadway hit that launched the career of fellow SMU alum and Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates. Arnone has designed numerous Broadway shows, such as Grease, The Full Monty and Edward Albee’s The Goat, winning the Tony for The Who’s Tommy.

The play will be performed in the Greer Garson Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Show times are 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214.768.2787 or visit the Meadows website at meadows.smu.edu.

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