“The Fantasticks” tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play “The Romancers” by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring parents who, by pretending to feud, trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love. The mothers hire traveling actors to stage a mock abduction, so that Matt can heroically “save” Luisa, and end the feigned feud.
When the children discover the deception, they reject the arranged love match and separate. Each then gains disillusioning experiences of the real world, seen in parallel fantasy sequences. They return to each other bruised but enlightened, and they renew their commitment with more maturity.
The original off-Broadway production of “The Fantasticks” ran a total of 42 years, making it the world’s longest-running musical. A rich and nuanced script coupled with beautiful, dynamic, thoughtful, and familiar songs as “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” help make this show.
Performances are at the Williamsville Hall Wednesday and Thursday, July 19 and 20, at 7 pm; Friday, July 21, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, July 22, at 2 and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, July 23, at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. For reservations call (802) 348-7156 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.