HOW UNCIVILIZED! uses musical comedy to reveal the lack of civility in our institutions of higher learning.
On the stage, the political maneuvering of public officials has always been a fruitful source of merriment. The political maneuvering that rules our institutions of higher learning can be even more fruitful. We expect our politicians to be devious, but when those who control the destinies of college students engage in schemes and stratagems, the opportunity for humor is heightened because it is done against a background of high aspirations and love of Alma Mater.
Dean Phyllis Emerson Dollop no longer believes that her college, Chutney State, is there to produce thinking human beings. In this day and age she is sure that the purpose of her school is to produce money managers. So she introduces cutbacks, starting with the firing of Kate Kincaid a much accomplished and beloved professor of American Literature.
This act sets in motion a whole series of unintended consequences that upend the lives of Howie McGuire, a handyman with a philosophical bent; Raymond Ratterhorn, a work-study student who looks forward to the real world as a vacation from his twenty-hour days in school; Lisa Chandler, also a working student with twenty-hour days, who is beginning to wonder if life is passing her by; and Larson Digit, a sleaze who has somehow maneuvered himself into the position of Head of the Economics Department and will stop at nothing in the pursuit of his own gain and pleasure.
To see lust and greed at work along the well-manicured paths of a college campus may not be for the faint of heart, but for those seeking the laughter of recognition bursting over a lively tune, "How Uncivilized!" is the ideal light musical fare.
Cast of 6.