March 17, 2011

EDUCATING RITA: Dress for Success

Contributed by BU Today

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In the slideshow above, costume designer Nancy Brennan works behind the scenes on the Huntington Theatre Company production of Educating Rita at the BU Theatre. Slideshow by Kimberly Cornuelle. Photos by Kalman Zabarsky

Today’s theatergoers are used to extreme stunts: think Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Compared to such spectacles, the behind-the-scenes apparel acrobatics needed for 11 costume changes, each happening in 20 seconds or less, may seem quaint.

That’s the number of costumes the free-spirited main character in Educating Rita, the Huntington Theatre Company’s current production, wears. But rest assured, creating a successful costume is no small feat, and it’s the daily mission of costume director Nancy Brennan.

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Willy Russell's Educating Rita, directed by Maria Aitken, plays March 11 — April 10, 2011 at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston. For more information or to buy tickets, visit our website or call the Box Office at 617 266-0800.


Stephen said...

Liked the play, but needed to be more chemistry between the two, especially from him. Also, we at house right, front row could not pick up a lot of the words. And those who tried your ear devises found them not workable.

Rebecca Curtiss said...

Stephen, thank you so much for your comments. I'm sorry to learn that you had difficulty hearing the actors and that the assisted listening device we provided you with was malfunctioning. We're hard at work to solve both of these issues.

Ben Emerson, our sound supervisor, would love to speak with you directly to learn more about your experience so we can use your feedback to solve our issues. You can contact him directly at

I'd be happy to send you a voucher to come back and see Educating Rita again or one of our other productions in the hope that you'll have an improved experience. Please contact me directly:

-Rebecca Curtiss, communications manager