Monday, December 16, 2013

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Almost)

Images from every Christmas show in Memphis. Plus previews of Opera Memphis' Mikado

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Friday, December 6, 2013

Gala to Honor Barry Fuller Rescheduled

Posted By on Fri, Dec 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Due to inclement weather, the gala honoring Barry Fuller as Scrooge has been rescheduled for December 19 at Theatre Memphis.

Still, if you're in the mood to celebrate Memphis' favorite miser you can check out this comprehensive feature I put together when Fuller returned to the role a few years back.

Or you can check out a very Barry slideshow.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Get Foolish, Support Shakespeare

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Shakespeare may have been a genius, but nobody's perfect. Ale seems to have been the bard's preferred beverage, while he ascribed the consumption of beer to fools. Poor man.

So it's hard to know whether or not Shakespeare would approve of the Threepenny Theatre Company's "Shakesbeer" fundraiser. Personally, I'd like to believe that the writer had just never tasted a good beer, and see this fundraiser as an opportunity to insure others don't suffer that same terrible fate.

Threepenny Theatre (3PT) will host a "Shakesbeer”- themed beer-tasting Saturday, December 14 at Crosstown Arts from 7pm - 10pm. Attendees can sample a variety of local craft beers while taking in selections from Macbeth.

Donations of $10 can be paid at the door or at

“We’re taking a risk, and we need the community’s help to make this innovative funding model work,” Shaleen Cholera, 3PT’s Executive Director wrote in a press release. “We recognize that the cost of admission can be a tremendous barrier to many people experiencing theatre. We want to do something different and be something different in this city. We’re throwing a party so we can ask our friends and everyone who supports great theatre in our community for a few dollars. That will help us us to generate the funds we need to produce a season of great shows that everybody can enjoy.”

WHEN: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Star of Wonder

Posted By on Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

It's shaping up to be a good holiday season for Ekundayo Bandele, executive director and playwright-in-residence for the Hattiloo Theatre. The best news is that the new Hattiloo, which broke ground in Overton Square three months back, is coming together even faster than expected, and he plans to announce the venue-opening show in January. If Scrooge Was a Brother, Bandele's take on the Dickens classic, opened at Chicago's eta Creative Arts Foundation in November, and runs through December 29th. On the home front, he is opening his newest Christmas play, The North Star: An Urban Nativity.

"Langston Hughes' Black Nativity gets turned into a concert," Bandele says of the play. "I really wanted to tell the story of what happens at the Nativity. And to tell it like I've never seen it done, in a way that I think would be interesting for me to watch."

Bandele's Nativity is contemporary, but he digs into the source material to tell the story of a poor carpenter, a pregnant virgin, the people who love them, the people who wonder at them, and a big bright light in the sky.

"It's suspenseful," Bandele says of a show that, for the most part, takes place in the 24 hours leading up to Christ's birth.

"It's much more about Mary and Joseph and their relationship than it is about Christ," Bandele says.

"The North Star: An Urban Nativity" at the Hattiloo Theatre, December 5th-22nd. $18-$25.


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