Lend Me a Tenor

The BYU-Idaho production of "Talley's Folly," directed by Hyrum Conrad, will be performed in the Black Box Theater in Rexburg.

REXBURG — Running now through Dec. 6, more than 70 Brigham Young University-Idaho students — including designers, four rotating actors and a variety of technicians — will combine their efforts and expertise to produce "Talley’s Folly."

The romantic theatrical work in BYU-Idaho's Black Box Theater is known for its captivating moments of comedy, high drama, pain and romance. Written by playwright Lanford Wilson, "Talley’s Folly" received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Set in a boathouse in rural Missouri in 1944, character Matt Friedman comes to express his love to the unmarried, 31-year-old Sally Talley. Talley is initially cold toward Friedman and incessantly turns down his pleas for love. However, Friedman’s determination, wit, cleverness, goofiness and romanticism slowly brings down Talley’s walls.

Running for approximately 97 minutes with no set change or intermission in the Black Box Theatre, attendees witness the unfolding of a sweet love story where two seemingly different people discover they are perfect for one another.

“There are themes of individualism, the dangers of rising nationalism and how we can overcome intolerance in our lives,” said Director Justin Bates. “Like all of our productions, we choose them because they have themes and ideas that are relevant for our audiences today.”

Although a two-actor show, "Talley’s Folly" is the result of many hard-working hands behind stage as well as on stage.

“The actors and designers are doing a great work with this production. It’s a beautiful, lovely set. There are beautiful costumes, and all of the design elements are coming together to tell a beautiful story,” Bates said.

Tickets are $3 for BYU-Idaho students and $6 for the general public. For a complete list of show times and to purchase tickets online, visit byui.edu/tickets. Tickets are also available for purchase at the University Store Ticket Office or by calling 208-496-3170.