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UIdaho Rep To Stage ‘Happy’

Playwright Robert Caisley, pictured, recalls participating in a playwrights’ workshop at London’s Royal Court Theater led by Harold Pinter, and one of the students asked whether Pinter’s new play, which had just premiered on the West End, was a comedy or a drama. “All my plays are comedies,” Pinter responded, “until they stop being comedies.” Caisley remembered that line when he sat down to write his play “Happy,” a dark comedy about a contented man who’s forced to confront the possibility that his personal happiness is either a façade or a coping mechanism. Tonight, Idaho Repertory Theatre at the University of Idaho, where Caisley serves as head of the dramatic writing program, will host a staged reading of the play, and it’s the first time it has been performed in any capacity in Idaho. “Happy” concerns a middle-age man named Alfred, who, by his own account, is extraordinarily happy/Nathan Weinbender, SR Spokane 7. More here.

Question: Do you consider yourself to be happy?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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