Not a ton going on — but that’s not at all to say that the things going on aren’t awesome, so let’s get right to it! Embarrassingly enough, I have to begin with a couple …
Yep, that’s right. A couple shows totally slipped through my radar and that’s not cool — mea maxima culpa!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Springfield Stage Works
The Skinny: One of William Shakespeare‘s best-known and -loved comedies, …Midsummer… involves love, fairies, sex and magic. A, frankly, irresistible combination. And it doesn’t hurt that the show is hilarious.
Dates: Midsummer…opened last weekend, and will continue through this weekend, closing on the 21st.
Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the Springfield Stageworks website at: www.springfieldstageworks.org
Xenia Area Community Theatre (XACT)
The Skinny: This Off-Broadway classic (it ran for 42 years!) is a perennial favorite, for good reason. An allegorical story of two young lovers and the parents who love them, it features songs such as “Try To Remember,” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain.”
Dates: The Fantasticks! opened in Xenia last week, and continues through the 22nd.
Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the XACT website at: www.xeniaact.org
Blink and You’ll Miss It:
Sinclair Community College.
The Skinny: 37 plays. 90 minutes. 3 guys.
Seriously, this hysterical and irreverent script takes all of Mr. S’s works and combines them into one complete evening. New to Shakespeare? Awesome, because this will suddenly help you make sense of everything your 9th grade English teacher tried to explain. Fancy yourself an expert on the Bard? Perfect, you’re going to get a serious kick out of the humor. Written by the appropriately-named Reduced Shakespeare Company, “Cmplt Wrks Abrgd”, as some call it, has a cultish following. And as an added bonus, Reed Martin, a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company came aboard at Sinclair to serve as Artistic Director for this production.
A word of caution: I’m hearing that a couple of the performances might already be near or at capacity, so if you want in on this, act fast!
Dates: Complete Works … opens on Thursday, 4/19 and closes on Sunday 4/22.
Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the Sinclair Community College Theatre Department page at: http://www.sinclair.edu/arts/theatre/season/
Closing This Weekend
The Victoria Theatre
The Skinny: Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical one-woman show (based on the memoir by the same name), will finish its Dayton run. Read all about it with J.T. Ryder’s preview and interview with Ms. Fisher: http://mostmetro.com/featured-articles/carrie-fisher-shocking-stories-from-beyond-the-stars.html
Dates: Carrie takes her final Dayton bow on 4/22
Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the Victoria Theatre Association website at: www.victoriatheatre.com
Opening This Weekend
Looking Glass Land
Beavercreek Community Theatre (Children’s Theatre)
The Skinny: A whimsical take on Lewis Carroll’s classic “Through The Looking Glass”, this romp includes all the characters with whom you’re familiar, and adds in dozens of new ones. This is sure to please the entire family!
The Dates: Looking Glass Land opens 4/20 and runs through 4/29
Tickets: For tickets and more information, please visit the Beavercreek Community Theatre website at: www.bctheatre.org
As always, let me know what theatres you want me to talk about, or what I may have forgotten — I don’t want to ruin anyone’s illusions, but I’m only human, and even I make a mistake every once in a while. Til the next time!