Covid-19 notification icon

COVID-19 UPDATES: Spring Semester Information

THE DENTIST- All performances SOLD OUT -April 2021!

bright graphic with people in costumes

VCUarts Theatre is proud to present our first in-person performance since February 2020!

by Terry Glaser

Directed by Jeff Darland

Performances April 8th – April 16th, 2021
Tickets are free and require a registration.

Love, vengeance……and slapstick!

The Dentist is a zany tale of improvised dialogue, physical acting, and colorful characters. Youthful lovers, aging lust, clever servants, foolish masters and eccentric townsfolk collide in crazy combinations and schemes.

It all begins when Pantalone, the town’s most powerful citizen, stirs up a hornet’s nest of unrest. He woos his son’s sweetheart, bites his servant on the arm, and pits himself against friend and foe alike. The aggrieved citizens hatch a plot to get revenge and save the young lovers. They enlist the services of the local baker, Pulcinella, a dental-guild drop-out with a bagful of terrifying tools and a sadistic plan. Come watch this collision course of physical stunts and verbal fireworks— will Pantalone fall for the ruse or have his own revenge in turn?

The Dentist is based off the traditional commedia form of theatre, a fifteenth century form of ‘Italian Comedy’ where actors in traditional masks and costumes use slapstick to play stock characters.

Get ready for laughs and a rowdy performance.

Performance Information

Performances will be outdoors at VCU’s Park Plaza, a small amphitheater located behind Hibbs Hall and to the east of the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts located at 922 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23284.

Performances will be outdoors, socially distanced, and masks are required for all audience members.

Performance dates & times:
THURS 4/8 @ 5:00 pm
FRI 4/9 @ 5:00 pm
SAT 4/10 @ 3:00 pm
SUN 11th @ 3:00 pm
THURS 4/15 @ 5:00 pm
FRI 4/16 @ 5:00 pm

About the Playwright

Terry Glaser is a playwright, translator, librettist, stage director, actor, and acting teacher. She has worked both in academia and the professional theatre for over 30 years. She has taught across the country. Her writing includes original scripts and translations of classic plays and operas, including “Pardon My Greed!” (selected to be performed Off Broadway at the Red Bull Theater’s 2019 Short New Play Festival), “Love-Blooded”, a tragicomedy about the Trojan War, “The Frogs,” “A Flea in Her Ear,” “The Surprise of Love,” “The Dentist,” and “Orfeo.” Her original solo shows include “The Mysterious Dwarf,” and “Chekhov, Live!” Ms. Glaser has served as stage director for over 50 professional and university productions and has performed her solo shows and conducted master classes throughout the country. Ms. Glaser holds a B.A. in Playwriting from Brown University and an M.A. in Theatre (Directing) from Syracuse University. She has specialized professional training in the Michael Chekhov Technique, Richard Schechner’s Rasaboxes™, period style, Commedia dell’Arte, red-nose clown, and Lecoq. In 2012, Ms. Glaser became the first recipient of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education/Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 8 Award for Innovative Teaching.