Lisbon High School prepares for one-act competition


LISBON — In preparation for the annual MPA One Act Play Festival, Lisbon High School Drama Club will present “The Boor,” by Anton Chekhov at 7 p.m. Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at Lisbon High School, 2 Sugg Drive. The festival performance will be held between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Leavitt Area High School.

The short farce written in 1888 shows the characteristics of the genre in its rapid-fire dialogue, extreme emotions, chaotic arguments and surprising reversals. Anton Chekhov demonstrates how intense emotions can easily blend from one into the other.

A widow, who mourns for her husband seven months after his death, is approached by one of his creditors, a man in dire financial circumstances who desperately requires the money that the widow’s husband owed him. The exchange between the widow and the creditor quickly progresses from polite to an explosive battle of the sexes, and the creditor, who expresses his negative opinion of women in general, is transformed by the spirit with which the widow argues with him.