The best advice here is to hold on tightly and be prepared for a wild ride. At its essence, this bunch is mostly seeking romance with other characters from the script, but not finding that sentiment returned.
Asheville Creative Arts bravely tackles a show for children that is also designed to appeal to adults. It runs through Sunday, April 9.
Directed by Chanda Calentine, the show is a wonder of motion and energy. The Belk space lends itself to clever staging. A cast of 13 actors play more than 100 roles, from members of the Royal British Navy, to pirates, islanders and orphans of an assortment of ages and genders.
The intellectual play is onstage through Sunday, April 2.
This is pure country music that was originally performed by stars of the 1950s through the early ’70s. Many big acts are represented, starting with Willie Nelson’s blockbuster hit “On the Road Again.”
The Submission is a foul-mouthed, menacing play by Jeff Talbot, which aims to hold a mirror up to our prejudices. Different Strokes!’ production is staged at the BeBe Theatre through Saturday, Feb. 25.
Almost Maine by John Cariani has become a huge hit on stage, and it’s no wonder. These are realistic characters struggling with what is, and isn’t, romance. Much of this is played as comedy, but there’s a serious dramatic thread that runs through these nine scenes.
This is a show that is a dash of “Downton Abbey” with classic Noel Coward comedy mixed in, making for a heady evening at the theater.
For a mere 24 hours, the drama students from four Henderson County high schools divided into teams to write and perform a 10-minute play directed by one of the drama teachers.
The production, staged on the new Fangmeyer stage at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, runs through Sunday, Jan. 22.
Those with a deeper-than-passing knowledge of musical theater over the past 60- plus years might better appreciate some of the comedy, but it is not required. The humor still works for even a Broadway neophyte.
For Asheville audiences, A Christmas Carol has long been synonymous with the Montford Park Players. The theater group has found many clever ways to reimagine and reinterpret the Charles Dickens story throughout the years.
Accomplished local actor Bradshaw Call, who has done the show here for three years now, has put his own scruffy, hipster mark on the piece.
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.