The Opera & Lyric Theatre program at Ohio State presents Candide - an absurd musical comedy. Directed by A. Scott with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra, directed by David Becker.
Based on the French philosopher Voltaire's novella of the same name, Candide is an around-the-world romp of idealistic optimism and a series of absurdly unfortunate events. The simple doctrine that "everything that happens is always for the best" is called into question as Candide is exiled, caught up in an Inquisition, cheated out of a fantastic fortune, cast into a squalid commune, and continuously kept from his one true love. With an ingenious score by the legendary Leonard Bernstein, Candide is a bitingly hysterical political satire on life and the very nature of human existence. PG13