Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective has never shied away from uncomfortable themes. In the last five years, the group brought activism to the stage while making a distinct impact on the local theater landscape.
“Kiss Me Kate” runs on Friday and Saturday evenings with a Sunday matinee through June 30th. This Cole Porter musical opened on Broadway in 1948 and it earned the Tony for Best Musical. The story within a story weaves together a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew with the on and off-stage relationship between Fred Graham, (played by John C. Hall) the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi (played by Wendy Morrison.) Mother-daughter reviewers Becky Upham and Cicely Upham discuss the local production.
This weekend offers music, comedy, film, animals and outdoors. As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend events.
Due to the play’s popularity, The Magnetic Theatre announces an additional show this Saturday at 10 p.m. Xpress will give away a pair of tickets today at noon.
The week-long fundraiser begins this Saturday with the 2:30 p.m. staged reading of a play by Patsy Clarke and Ellen Landau. Clarke has a long local history, including performing in Asheville Community Theatre’s first play in 1946. This is not only a world premiere for “Last Stop, Old,” but a homecoming for Clarke. Photo by Rob Storrs.
This evening, Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville premieres a new musical memoir of Bascom Lamar Lunsford.