Friday, May 13, 2011

Will Call: Tips and tidbits for the theatrically inclined

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM

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I'm going to keep this week's installment short and sweet.

The 39-Steps, a comic adaptation of the classic Hitchcock film opens at Circuit Playhouse this weekend, and I'm going to recommend it sight unseen. Four actors take on dozens of roles each in this fast-paced story of adventure and espionage. It sounds like too much fun.

Germantown Community Theatre has had a run of tough luck of late, but the tiny Playhouse has taken it all in stride, barely missing a beat. Part of me wants to go see Larry Shue's comedy The Foreigner just to show my support, but I'm skipping this one. It's a regional favorite, and GCT has done it several times. Here's what I wrote about the show the FOURTH time they produced it.

And then there's Crowns at the Hattiloo, which is a little too much like going to church for my taste. This clip isn't from the Hattiloo's production, but it should give you some idea of what I'm talking about, and why the show is really so much more than that.

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