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Company of Fools The Niceties
Company of Fools

THEATRE: The Niceties

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 7:30 PM

By Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Scott Palmer
February 19 – March 7, 2020

The Family That We Choose

When an ambitious young black student meets with her esteemed white professor to go over a paper the student is writing about the American Revolution, sparks fly as the two women engage in a discussion about who gets to tell the real story of America. Both women are brilliant, both are passionate, and they both believe they are 100% right. It doesn’t take long for a conversation about grammar and punctuation moves into dangerous territory neither of them are prepared for; the implications are profound and cannot be undone. Can these two women, who have so much in common, find a way forward in a world that wants to ensure they never come to agreement?


“A barnburner of a play; one of the best plays I’ve seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how…” – The Washington Post

“A bristling, provocative debate play about race and privilege in the United States, and it begs to be argued with…” The New York Times

“The Niceties crackles and sparks with friction. Burgess' characters are drawn with precision and her dialogue is expertly crafted to keep both the tension and the attention high…” New York Theatre Guide


The Niceties is generously sponsored The Kantor Family Fund, Marcia & Don Liebich, Carol P. Nie and Tedde & Jim Reid.
Community discussion with United Vision for Idaho is generously sponsored by Marcia & Don Liebich.
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Ticket Prices

$35 member / $40 nonmember
$35 senior (62 and over)
$15 student (with student ID)
$35 group (8 or more)
Second Night 24—All tickets $24 Full Price
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