Two, one-act plays look at true self behind social 'masks'

Xavier Players performing 'Overtones' and 'Bert's Golf Pants' | February 1, 2007

The Xavier Players are performing two, one-act comedies, "Overtones" by Alice Gerstenberg and "Bert’s Golf Pants" by Douglas Craven, Feb. 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center studio.

"Overtones" was written in 1916, but is still relevant today. It features two society ladies, Harriet and Margaret, and their respective inner selves, Hetty and Maggie, who speak savagely and passionately about what is meant but not said by their polished counterparts.

"Bert’s Golf Pants," a contemporary sit-com, takes place just two hours before the wedding of Bert's and Marion’s eldest daughter. The family pressure cooker explodes as every character’s skeleton in the closet is revealed. It all starts when Bert announces he is going to wear a pair of garish golf pants to the wedding.

“Nothing seems to be as it appears in either of these plays,” says Tracy Macmorine, assistant director of operations for performing arts who is also directing the production. “We all have social masks that we put on. These productions take a peek at what’s behind those masks.”

The production marks Macmorine's directing debut with the Xavier Players. She’s worked at Xavier University since 2004.

Tickets are on sale and available by calling 513-745-3939. Tickets are $3 for Xavier students, faculty and staff and $5 for the general public.