Heat, more rain, more heat! The school kids are pretty certain that summer’s over, but the question remains open for many adults. Beat the back to school blues with one of these great shows this weekend!
Into the Woods at the Roxy in Clarksville
8/19 – 8/21
In James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s fractured fairy tale, when a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack (of beanstalk fame). What begins as a lively irreverent fantasy in the style of “The Princess Bride” becomes a moving lesson about community responsibility and the stories we tell our children.
Play it Again Sam at Encore
8/20 – 8/22
Nobody ever actually said, “play it again, Sam,” but let’s not hold that against playwright and actor Woody Allen. Half Allenesque wit and half Casablanca parody, Play it Again Sam is a raucous exploration of star-crossed lovers and the New York dating scene.
Southern Hospitality at Lakewood (SOLD OUT!)
8/20 & 8/21
The Futrelle Sisters are in trouble again. This time, the problem is bigger than ever: their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Southern Hospitality is a recipe for total hilarity, directed by Jeff McCann.
Death by Chocolate at Community Players
8/19 – 8/22
Members of the newly renovated Meadowbrook Health Resort are dropping like flies, including famed chef Edith Chiles! It’s up to manager John Stone to find the cause and the murderer. Stone finds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor, mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a wacky race against time. The clues point to a sinister box of chocolates, and every outlandish character working for the resort is a suspect. Could it be Lady Riverdale, owner of the resort and a woman with dark secrets? Or Ralph Deadwood, gym instructor and all-around cad? Dick Simmering, the aerobics instructor? Anne, the panic-stricken nurse? Or could it be “Sweet Pea” Meadowbrook, overweight and grieving daughter of the recently deceased founder of the resort? Death by Chocolate combines all the elements of classic murder mysteries with a scathing satire of modern health crazes.
Exit the Body at Towne Centre
8/19 – 8/21
Murder and mayhem define this delightful comedy about a famous mystery writer and her secretary who retreat to the country for a little rest and relaxation. Upon arriving, they find a dead body in the closet, which promptly disappears! Was it really there? What follows is the hunt to find the body (or bodies?), identify the killer, locate the stolen diamonds, and find out which one of the hilarious cast of characters will be the next victim. This is a murder mystery farce for the whole family!