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April 10, 2014

New Play, 'Really, Really,' Showcases Lives of College Students

Written by Paul Downs Colaizzo and directed by Patrick Mullins, Old Dominion's second play the spring semester, "Really, Really," showcases the lives of college students. The play, which opened April 9 at the Goode Theatre, continues with eight more performances through Saturday, April 19.

"The story is centered on how this group of college friends surprisingly manipulates things to get what they want," Mullins said. "The writing, the story and thematic exploration make it a fascinating evening!"

Navigating through relationships, love and motives, "Really, Really" creates an exciting relatable experience for not only college audiences, but also the cast. The script is full of surprises and plot twists that will have the audience fully engaged.

"All of the characters are someone you know, even if slightly exaggerated," said Mullins, "and they are all college students, which does not happen often."

The play begins after a huge house party given on campus by a group of rugby players, and a young woman accuses one of the players of rape. What transpires questions the nature of friendship and the ethics of ambition. The play was labeled as "unexpected and thrilling" by the New York Observer and hails directly from the MCC Theatre in New York. "This Theatre Arts program brings a big-city play to Hampton Roads," Mullins said.

"Really, Really" contains strong language, violence and sexual content and is not suitable for those under 18.

"Really, Really" performances will run at 7:30 p.m. April 10-12 and 16-19, and at 2 p.m. April 13. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for the general public. To purchase tickets go to oduartstix.com.