Asheville-area play experts discuss the importance of play for adults and note the variety of fun and play-driven activities offered by local organizations.
The British farce Not Now, Darling, written by by John Chapman and Ray Cooney, seems so fabulously retro now. In reality, it was just another modern play of the era. But these days, thanks to TV shows like “Mad Men,” “Pan Am,” “The Astronaut Wives Club,” and the subsequent wave of nostalgia, audiences are getting a whole new look at that bygone era.
Theatrical startup the Cardboard Sea debuts “If You Must” at the Magnetic Theatre on Thursday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday July 31, and Saturday, Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
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.