The skits include a poke or two at Donald and Ivana Trump, unhappy reindeer, a self-help Santa who ends up on a rant about fallen celebrities, and the appearance of an overgrown Baby Jesus, portrayed, as usual by Marshall in a diaper.
In the powerful play, onstage through Saturday, Nov. 18, at The Magnetic Theatre, President Harry S. Truman wrestles with perhaps the most horrific decision of the 20th century — whether or not to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.
The vignettes are a tapestry of varied ideas that somehow mesh together to create a full show (it runs just under 70 minutes without intermission).
As layers are peeled away and details revealed, some viewers will be squirming in their seats — particularly in the second act. It’s a riveting ride and in no way a light night of entertainment.
“There’s a lot to be learned from looking back on your life and trying to figure out certain things around your own personal motivations in an intense situation, and if you handled it well,” says playwright Lucia Del Vecchio. “And it’s kind of a fantasy. You don’t get to go back and talk to people very often.”
A group of barnyard bovines find a typewriter and use it to demand better treatment from their owner: This is the storyline of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a children’s book by author Doreen Cronin and the season-closing production of Asheville Creative Arts. The show, which includes acting, live music, dance and puppetry, will open at The Magnetic Theatre on Friday, July 21.
The explosive, exciting and hard-to-explain production is onstage at The Magnetic Theatre through Saturday, July 1.
The show, onstage at The Magnetic Theatre through Saturday, June 3, deals with a white couple who’ve settled in a predominantly black neighborhood in hopes that, as the area gentrifies, their investment will pay off handsomely. But in this play, systemic racism plays out not through dreams deferred as much as through nightmares, real and imagined.
Asheville Creative Arts bravely tackles a show for children that is also designed to appeal to adults. It runs through Sunday, April 9.
The production straddles a line between comedy and drama. “The director and I went back and forth on how to market it,” Jamieson Ridenhour says. “Most of the play is like a comedy and there’s a lot of funny dialogue. But it is quite dark. I tend to be a horror writer, but this is not a horror play.”
Performances take place at The Magnetic Theatre Thursdays through Saturdays, Feb. 2 to 25.
“I’ve gathered together contestants from the burlesque, dance and comedy world in Asheville to compete against each other in what I hope to be a sexy, silly competition,” Kathleen Hahn says. The shows start Thursday, Jan. 5, at The Magnetic Theatre.
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.
Different Strokes stages an adaptation of Night of the Living Dead at The Magnetic Theatre.
Horror is king at Asheville Community Theatre, The Magnetic Theatre and North Carolina Company Stage. Serial killers, axe murderers and mysterious fiends all take front and center, leaving a few bodies behind in the process.
This delightful romp that takes the stage farce form through its madcap paces. The play runs through Saturday, Sept. 24.
Set in post-McCarthy era Washington, D.C., Capital Liar follows the exploits of tabloid newsman Sly Goodwin. It’s onstage through Saturday, July 30.
Brief Encounters: New Magnetic Voices 2016 shows at The Magnetic Theatre Thursdays to Saturdays through June 25.
Most people know Arthur Miller’s 1949 Pulitzer-winning drama, Death Of A Salesman. The play is almost part of our collective DNA. Yet audiences will be surprised by the new production that is underway in the River Arts District.
The Magnetic Theatre’s productions of Death of a Salesman mark the start of the theatrical group’s new series to honor classics. Showings run Thursdays-Saturdays, April 28-May 28.
In its second year, the festival features local improv groups Reasonably Priced Babies, No Regets, Blacklist Improv and The OxyMorons. Shows run Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23.