As this year comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on some truly extraordinary theater ranging from splashy musicals, moving dramas and locally written plays.
Sometimes the very best stories simply drift along, serving as a delicate reflection of the ordinary. After all, for the most part, that is life. The poignant play On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson — just such a story — opens Parkway Playhouse’s 2017 season. It runs through Saturday, through May 27.
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.
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.
New York City- and London-based company Aquila Theatre presents its modernization of the timeless tragedy at Diana Wortham Theatre Saturday, Feb. 6.
The raucous 1980s jukebox musical is a love story full of elaborate, high-energy dance numbers. It’s set to some of the biggest glam rock hits of the MTV generation, including songs by Poison, Styx, Twisted Sister and others. The show opens Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Masonic Temple.
This world premiere of Flat Rock Playhouse’s dazzling new musical, Chasing Rainbows: The Road To Oz, embodies the classic Hollywood movies of the 1930s. It looks and feels like Broadway musicals of old, while also being fresh and new.
Performances are Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 5-21, at 7:30 p.m., at The BeBe Theatre, with proceeds benefiting Paws on ASD.
Put on by a cast of local stage dwellers, productions are at the Magnetic Theatre Thursdays-Saturdays, from Oct. 1-24, at 7:30 p.m., nightly.
The modernized play runs at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, Fridays through Sundays, Aug. 7-29, at 7:30 p.m.
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.
“I don’t know that anyone has really written or produced a play about Asheville, per se — what [the city] is today, what the different populations are, what the economic situation is, how things are changing in relation to tourism and beer and everything else,” Magnetic Theatre’s artistic director Steven Samuels says. “That’s what this play is really all about.”
“This is to alert your readers to a performance far above what is commonly available. The N.C. Stage Company is putting on An Iliad through April 19.”
The performance, the first in a planed series, is called Temple of the Muse: Reclamation of Stolen Fire and features puppets and butoh, cabaret and theatrical dance performances by local and visiting artists.
The Altamont Theatre recently revealed that it will re-open. One of the current owners, Sam Katz , filled Xpress in on plans for the revamped venue, what changes to expect, and how the new Altamont Theatre will work with neighboring venue Asheville Music Hall
The makers of Sex and How to Have It will add one more chapter to their how-to sketch comedy series before transplanting The Magnetic Theatre to its new River Arts District home in early 2015. Food and How to Eat It!, produced and directed by Steven Samuels, stars Magnetic veterans Katie Langwell, Valerie Meiss, Glenn […]
All the world may be a stage, but the players came out to support each other at Montford Park Player’s Masquerade Ball.
Theater devotees and outdoor enthusiasts unite for two evenings of free alfresco performance. UWABE — Art in the Park meanders throughout Grove Park (338 Charlotte St.) to present three dances, each derived from the natural landscape. During “Biosphere,” a giant puppet among open fields probes into our changing planet’s effects on the human condition. “Radiant […]
Following the success of Fox & Beggar Theatre‘s ethereal and visually stunning debut, Animalia, the theater company’s founder Nat Allister is hosting a similarly whimsical event to raise funds for Animalia‘s Southeastern tour. The fundraising party, Aquila, will feature live world music, art installations by Chris Sams and Travis Eagledove of the Ancient Art Salon and plenty of the circus […]
In a brave new production of Diana Son’s play Stop Kiss, the audience is confronted with the uncomfortable reminder of how recently we, as a society, were far less accepting of same-sex relationships. And, while not as shocking as it may have been a decade ago, Stop Kiss still has major impact. Not so much […]
The Fox & Beggar Theater debuts with surreal circus experience Animalia “He breathes in the wet dawn through / his mottled skin, soaks in its vitality / until his old heart thumps with delight / and he jumps off his bed of lettuce leaves / and moss hairs / into the ruddy mud.” So goes […]