The characters in the locally written comedies — Gros Becs by Stuart Stelly and Eulalie by Clayelle Dalfres — have been performed over the years with finesse and charm by Shane Guilbeau and Sandra Broussard. And you’ll get another chance to see it this weekend at Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., in downtown Lafayette.
Many people aren’t aware that the plays are the result of assignments to graduate students in the theater department at UL Lafayette.
“They were part of the Eavesdrop Theater,” says Christie Leichty, program director at Cité. “Graduate students were required to write a play a week and then perform them at the Red Dog Saloon.”
Leichty says the plays are “‘Cajuny’ humorous stories that have lasted out of the bunch.”
In Stelly’s Gros Becs, PeeWee Leblanc is a hunter who has an illegal desire to hunt Gros Becs, an endangered species. This, in turn, leads to an endless chase from Vincent Guidry, the game warden. When it seems the years of chasing PeeWee are about to pay off, things get a little convoluted.
Eulalie is about a young girl in love. However, Eulalie’s true love doesn’t love her.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 291-1122, or purchase tickets from Cité’s website.
For the record, what follows is not a review because I do not feel qualified to be a critic. However, both Gros Becs and Eualie are very humorous plays steeped in everything Cajun and delivered with a good-natured wink and a nod to the culture. Last Saturday’s show was sold out, so I’d recommend making reservations if you plan to attend.
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