"The Matchmaker"

DeWitt Theatre

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In a Nutshell

Comic farce that inspired Hello, Dolly! follows the misadventures of a matchmaker, her wealthy clients, and stubborn hearts

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In a romantic comedy, a couple must overcome hilarious obstacles such as the disapproval of their parents or major construction on the only road between their homes. See if they make it with this GrouponLive deal.

The Deal

  • $24 for two tickets to see Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's The Matchmaker (up to $40 value)
  • When: select dates, July 18–August 8, at 8 p.m.
  • Where: DeWitt Theatre
  • Seating: orchestra section
  • Door time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees
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The Matchmaker

Seeking a wife for the well-to-do Horace Vendergelder, the colorful widow Ms. Dolly Gallagher Levi tangles herself in a web of misadventure. Though she begins with complete probity, as she moves through the romance business her personal and professional goals begin to meld. Soon she finds herself wondering whether she truly wants to set Horace up with another woman. Maybe she wants to marry him herself? Mistaken identities, slapstick comedy, and wild legal troubles ensue, all tinged with the wit of three-time Pulitzer Prize–winner Thornton Wilder, one of America's most beloved playwrights and eyeglasses models.

If the name of the matchmaker in question sounds familiar, there's a reason: she was the inspiration for Hello, Dolly! Yet The Matchmaker wasn't the first to tell this story—it's actually sandwiched between several iterations. John Oxenford's 1835 one-act farce A Day Well Spent was the first, followed by a full-length version in 1842. Thorton Wilder then turned that into 1938's The Merchant of Yonkers and The Matchmaker 15 years later, radically reshaping the story and turning Dolly's minor role into that of the play's protagonist. After runs on Broadway, the West End, the Edinburgh Festival, The Matchmaker was turned into a 1958 film, and then into the 1964 Tony machine, Hello, Dolly!

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre

Art never takes a vacation. That's the view of the creative minds at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, who have staged high-caliber shows for the past 40 years. Each summer, the company assembles a corps of more than 100 thespians and staff, deftly mixing veteran actors with fresh-faced young performers to create an electric blend of experience and enthusiasm. That mix of tradition and innovation informs the season, too—productions run the gamut from contemporary musicals to updated favorites that shine new footlights on venerable texts.

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    DeWitt Theatre

    141 E 12th St.

    Holland, MI 49423


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