For anyone longing for the experiences of Christmas during simpler times, Asheville Community Theatre has just the show for you. Tom Godleski’s Snowbound is a sweetly nostalgic slice of Western North Carolina country life.
Originally published in 1843 to mass appeal, Charles Dickens’ story remains a dark page-turning ghost story, best experienced by a crackling fireside. Flat Rock Playhouse manages to bring that firelight to the main stage with this hauntingly beautiful rendition, showing through Saturday, Dec. 17.
While holiday stage shows are often safe, family-friendly affairs, that’s not the case with this one. Leave the children at home, unless they are of drinking age and enjoy daring, edgy, R-rated and highly entertaining humor.
Nearly two dozen young actors are a part of this production, with a dozen more involved behind the scenes. Their ambitious production is remarkable in its execution, and holds its own as a serious piece of theater.
As personal as the tale is (a widow in her mid-50s deals with grief while also embracing her new life, finding out who she is, and starting to date again — with hilarious results), it’s also universal. Life, loss, love, moving on. Oh, and sex. So much sex.
A local staging of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play runs through Friday, Nov. 18 in Asheville Community Theatre’s 35 Below.
Event promotion promised the program would “redefine what you think of when you hear the word ‘Circus.'” Big tent flamboyance was traded for the organic creativity of local theater.
Saying “it’s perfect timing” to stage Sam Shepard’s dark-comedy is an understatement. As the fate of our nation hangs in the balance, Anam Cara Theatre Company has set off quite the political cherry bomb on the local theater scene.
The latest effort — onstage through Sunday, Oct. 30, is the product of the well-known folks behind Asheville’s Improv Comedy troupe, Reasonably Priced Babies. Fully Committed, by Becky Mode, is a tour de force one-character play that takes us through a day in the life of a struggling New York actor, working in the call center of a trendy restaurant.
This production is marvelous and maturely executed. Live From WVL Radio Theater: The Headless Hessian of Sleepy Hollow and Other American Horror Stories runs through Sunday, Oct. 16. Don’t miss it as it appears like an apparition, then vanishes as quickly as it came.
The audience is transported to a filthy, foggy London street circa the 1800s. The chilling musical runs through Sunday, Oct. 30.
Haywood Arts Regional Theatre opened its impressive new facility, the Fangmeyer, with Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into The Woods. The show, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 16, gives local audiences a chance to see the legendary fairy tale mash up in an intimate setting.
Outside under the stars seems a perfect fit for Jane Austen’s classic romance, Pride and Prejudice, onstage through Saturday, Sept. 24.
This delightful romp that takes the stage farce form through its madcap paces. The play runs through Saturday, Sept. 24.
This is the story of three Mississippi sisters who’ve drifted apart, but when Babe shoots her abusive husband, tongues start wagging all over town. This stirs wild, wandering songstress Meg homeward to their grandfather’s house where their faithful sister Lenny has been a caregiver.
Arthur Miller’s first big-hit play, All My Sons from 1947, is an intimate and moving tale of a munitions manufacturer in Ohio following World War II.
The show is lighthearted, fun, silly and filled with laughs for children and their parents. It works well on many levels. The songs are creative and charming.
The musical version, by Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick, is now showing on Flat Rock Playhouse’s main stage through Saturday, Aug. 20.
Parkway Playhouse was forced to replace West Side Story with Grease, having lost the rights to the former when the authors boycotted North Carolina in protest of House Bill 2. Grease may ultimately be the better pick.
Tarocco is a quintessentially Asheville production. Part play, part dance and part circus, it uses the fool’s journey of the tarot to tell the story of a wounded World War I soldier, played by Ross Daniel, as he lies dying behind enemy lines.
The show is a tour de force for two actors, who assume the identities of the population of Tuna, Texas. It is a small town with the kind of colorful characters who would feel right at home at a Donald Trump rally.