This pairing of one acts from the post-World War II era of what was known as absurdist theater were often presented together to create a full evening.
The show is a lean, tension-filled piece that gives both actors a chance to run the emotional gamut.
Asheville’s thriving comedy scene remains active with local artists while also attracting major touring acts.
‘Sanders Family Christmas’ is the sequel to the bluegrass gospel musical ‘Smoke on the Mountain.’ It runs through Sunday, Dec. 23, on the campus of Mars Hill University.
The show has garnered something of a cult following and the late night showings are legendary for being even more raucous than their early-evening counterparts.
Michael Lilly is fearless in this role. He isn’t afraid to wear the emotions on his sleeve, whether he is making snide comments on the insincerity of the minister’s words in his father’s funeral service, or on the verge of emotionally melting down.
There are quick change costume gags and a wry wit about the show that feels akin to something out of Monty Python.
Both shows are decidedly darker and edgier than one would expect from HCT, and the theater company deserve credit for going out on a limb.
As Nixon, veteran actor Michael MacCauley may not look like the former president, but so flawlessly inhabits the essence of Nixon that you are transfixed by his every word and gesture.
There’s a nimbleness to the writing that propels the play. It is the sort of script seasoned performers crave and can elevate.
The characters and plot in general make us think that this could all be happening in the next town over from the Cohen Brothers movie Fargo.
Director Marci Bernstein takes the audience on 11 unrelated journeys in monologues by a who’s who of local talent. Each scene is its own story, and each actress holds the stage alone for those scenes.
The play was written by Larry Larson and Levi Lee nearly 40 years ago. Of course, the Cold War era of the early 1980s informs the anxiety of the world being left a smoldering heap with few surviving. And it still works well today.
As the titular Oliver, Faith Creech is exuberance and charm wrapped in a skilled young actor. She shines the minute she takes the stage.
The play is told in confessional moments, directed at the audience. These give way to flashbacks that fill in gaps. The conclusion will leave the audience a little teary-eyed but also enriched
SART’s summer season is a full slate of diverse shows, kicking off with the raucous comedy ‘Don’t Dress For Dinner’ (May 31 – June 17).
Created by Asheville-based playwright Brenda Lunsford Lilly, the production is a sly 1960s homage to Henrik Ibsen’s notable play, A Doll’s House. The show remains onstage through Saturday, May 5.
The experience of Failure is one that transports the audience, and will cause more than a few lumps in the throat as viewers are show something akin to a Sam Shepard play adapted by Wes Anderson.
A meth-addicted couple have taken their sick baby to the hospital where Child Protective Services take custody of the endangered child. This sparks a spiral of conflicts that propels the play forward along an often harrowing path.
Families with kids should not wait to make reservations as these shows are playing to capacity crowds and tickets are pretty scarce at the door.
The story is simple, yet becomes complicated when the titular rumors begin to fly. Deputy Mayor Charlie and his wife Moira are celebrating their 10th anniversary. They’ve invited four couples to their house for the party, but something is amiss.