Davidson High School drama students will delve into the "absurd" Jan. 22 and 23 by performing Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, according to director Trace Crawford.

Davidson High School drama students will delve into the "absurd" Jan. 22 and 23 by performing Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, according to director Trace Crawford.

"It's an unusual play," Crawford said.

The play will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23, at the school's performing-arts center, 5100 Davidson Road.

Tickets will cost $5 and may be purchased at the door or in advance at showtix4u.com. Tickets for thespian members and senior citizens will cost $3.

Crawford described the play as "absurd theater" in the comedy genre.

The play was scripted by Arthur Kopit, who as a student at Harvard was inspired to write the play in the style of the absurd theater he saw while traveling in Europe, Crawford said.

The play won a contest at Harvard and became a commercial, off-Broadway production in 1962, Crawford said.

The plot centers on Madame Rosepettle, who is resort-hopping with her sheltered son, Jonathan, Crawford said.

The woman's deceased husband also accompanies the family.

"He died and Madame Rosepettle had him (sent to a taxidermist) ... so he's kind of a trophy that goes with them," Crawford said.

At one of the resorts, a girl named Rosalie takes an interest in Jonathan; meanwhile, Madame Rosepettle has a suitor of her own, the Commodore.

"Chaos ensues and bad things begin to happen," Crawford said.

Seniors Michaela Chilenski (Madame Rosepettle), Jaime Kennedy (Rosalie), Caleb Crawford (Jonathan) and Ethan Lowe (the Commodore) play the primary roles.