Play at Wichita State is tres chic

For more than 30 years, a French language class at Wichita State University has performed a play spoken in the language of love. This year's performance is Tuesday. Here are the details:

1) Brigitte Roussel, associate professor of French, stages the play with the help of her language students. This year, she enlisted the help of French playwright Bernard Eyraud, a personal friend, to write the play, called "No Reason, No Rhyme?" or "A quoi ca rime?"

2) Eyraud arrived in Wichita this week to visit French students at several area high schools and to take over directing duties of his play from Roussel. Six of Roussel's students will be in the play, and three will help with technical duties.

3) Roussel, who was born in the north of France, estimates that about 250 people in the Wichita area speak and understand French well enough to follow the play. Also attending will be many high school and college students.

4) The play is a comedy about a family headed by two sisters who raised the child of one of them, and who all have many dreams and passions that they try to express to one another. The misinterpretations are part of the play's humor.

The play will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in CAC Theater in Rhatigan Student Center on the Wichita State campus. Tickets are $5 in advance by calling 316-978-3233 or $7 at the door.