Friday, February 5, 2010

Will Call: Tips & Tidbits for the Theatrically Inclined

Posted By on Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

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What do you get from a Playback: Memphis show? Audience members tell stories from their lives then the performers act them out improvisationally without the benefit of a script. Or rehearsal. If that sounds remotely interesting they've got a show coming up this weekend and you can check out the details here.

I want to recommend The Piano Lesson at the Hattiloo because it's one of my favorite pieces by August Wilson and it features one of my favorite Memphis actors TC Sharpe. That said I've heard from the source that when early runs of the show exceeded three hours deep cuts were made in the script. I appreciate the impulse to keep shows at 3-hours or less but I'm going to have to see what came out before I can wholeheartedly endorse. That said, this company does its best work when it takes on challenging material and given their track record fewer things seem more promising than The Piano Lesson The Hattiloo

Jersey Boys lives up to its hype and Pippin at the new Playhouse on the Square is a must see.

Also Noel Coward's Fallen Angels opens this weekend at Theatre Memphis. It's a play that Coward himself described as ''extremely slight" and it will be interesting to see if a comedy about the possible fallout of premarital flings holds up 80-years later.

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