By Missoula Current

A French classic about an aging idealist bent on taking matters into her hands will mark the first Studio Series performance this year by Theatre & Dance at the University of Montana.

“The Madwoman of Chaillot,” a French classic described as “one part fantasy, two parts reason,” runs at the Masquer Theater from April 5-9.

The leader character, Countess Aurelia, is an aging idealist who tries only to see the beauty and happiness of the world. But after overhearing the dastardly plans of some Parisian bigwigs, she realizes she and a merry band of outcasts must take matters into their own hands.

A delightful and poetic satire, The Madwoman of Chaillot has been a beloved fixture of theater world since its premiere in the 1940s. It stands as a commentary on the absurdities of rampant capitalism.

The production marks the first of Theatre & Dance’s Studio Series for the season. The productions incorporate inventive staging and minimal design/technology, so the focus is placed on the performers and the text.

The Madwoman of Chaillot weaves a spell full of humor and benign eccentricity, providing the perfect playground for the actors, stage manager, and director Randy Bolton.

For tickets to The Madwoman of Chaillot, call the box office at 406-243-4581, Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6:00 pm. Tickets are also available online.