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Theater Review: “Next Fall” by Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

Asheville is filled with great theater. So much so, that it is somewhat surprising when something exceeds expectations. Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective‘s new production of the Geoffrey Naufft’s play Next Fall does just that. The show is funny, tragic and will cause viewers to challenge many preconceived notions about religion, homosexuality, family and death. […]

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Smart bets: Jug-Baby

Jug-Baby: An Autobiography follows the plight of a youth whose parents inadvertently strip their baby of gender and identity after attempting to mold the child into a circus attraction that physically fits inside a jug. Philadelphia Transmissions Theatre, known for its “transcendentally bizarre stories,” presents the one-woman puppet show, calling the production “a whimsical journey […]

SHAMBLE ON: Anam Cara Theatre Company encourages event patrons to don full zombie attire at Saturday's costume party. Photo courtesy of event sponsors Tempus Fugit Design

The giving dead: Anam Cara Theatre’s zombie-themed benefit

Although there is no formal dress code for Anam Cara Theatre Company’s fundraiser, Zombie Hospital 1955, it may be one of those rare Asheville parties where not dressing appropriately is actually frowned upon. But keep in mind that in this case, “appropriate” is loosely defined as blood-stained anything — and a frown is perhaps the […]

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Smart bets: Resonant Rogues’ variety show

You’ve got to admire the forethought of Resonant Rogues, an Asheville band holding a variety show to kick off its Kickstarter campaign. The event, called Revue Nouveau, promises an “unparalleled collection of local talent” to visually supplement the old-time and gypsy jazzers’ vocal harmonies and string-heavy instrumentation. Puppeteer Madison Cripps, burlesque afficionado Memphis Moonshine and […]

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Theater review: “The Winter’s Tale” by Montford Park Players and Warren Wilson College

The collaboration between Montford Park Players and the Warren Wilson College theater department of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is part Shakespeare and part wild Gypsy bazaar. It’s also all fun and totally enthralling, making this the second successful team up Montford has done in the past few months (after teaming up with The Magnetic Theatre […]

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Theater review: “The Addams Family” at ACT

It’s hard to say if the Addams Family (the cartoon, the TV show, the movie) translates successfully to the musical format. The answer is is subjective and depends upon the viewer’s feelings about music theater and/or Addams-brand noir-schtick. There’s something jarring around the gloriously macabre Addamses cavorting and bursting into song. On the other hand, […]

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Smart bets: Rural Academy Theater

The Rural Academy Theater will “clop its way into your backyard and heart,” claims a press release by the horse-pulled production’s organizers. This year, the annual mobile mini-circus includes a slapstick interpretation of North Carolina’s pro-fracking legislation, a depiction of human presence on a geological timeline and an evening showing of Georges Méliès’ 1902 silent […]

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Smart bets: Die Fledermaus

“Die Fledermaus,” a libretto often rewritten and performed with local flair, will soon transform into its Asheville incarnation with the help of Asheville Lyric Opera. Set in Western North Carolina’s famous Giltmore home and based around the Southern mountain charm of the Vanerburgh family, ALO’s adaptation is intended to “create a deeper sense of appreciation […]

Maryedith Burrell and Steven Samuels rehearse Burrell's one-woman show, "#OUCH! An Accidental Comedy." Photo courtesy of Samuels

The Magnetic Theatre returns; “#OUCH! An Accidental Comedy” opens

Take an accomplished Hollywood writer, director and actress with decades of comedy writing experience, throw her unexpectedly into the flawed and unpredictable American healthcare system, and you’re bound to end up with entertaining anecdotes. Such as: A mysterious accident catapults an Asheville woman into a dystopia of drugs, disillusionment and worst of all, the dreaded […]