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Spring A&E Guide: Community theatre comes alive this spring
Updated: February 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm
“By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”
Through March 14
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents this play from Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Sneak a glimpse at the blinding movie studio lights of 1930’s Hollywood with the headstrong Vera Stark as our mesmerized guide. She’s aiming for the Hollywood Gold while working as a maid to the iconic movie star known as “America’s little sweetie pie.” It’s a raucous comedy until we flash forward 40 years and see the story of African-Americans in Hollywood through a different lens. Funny, heartfelt and moving, “Vera Stark” illuminates the legacy of race in our movies and our lives.
Winston-Salem’s Theatre Alliance presents Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s “Aida,” staring Natasha Gore as Aida, David Joy as Ramades and Abigail van Patter as Amneris. Directed by Jamie Lawson. “Aida” is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.
“Driving Miss Daisy”
March 21-April 6
Theatre Charlotte brings the classic “Driving Miss Daisy” to the Charlotte stage. When a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of 72 is deemed too old to drive, her son hires a thoughtful, unemployed African-American man to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
“The Other Place”
March 28-April 27
CAST presents the regional premiere of “The Other Place.” Fresh from Broadway, “The Other Place,” a brilliantly crafted drama by Sharr White, was recently featured in an hourlong program on National Public Radio. This eloquent and moving experience was originally developed in association with Matt Olin, who is now a Charlotte resident.
“The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”
April 10-May 3
Stephen Adly Guirgis’s “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” is a philosophical meditation on the conflict between divine mercy and human freewill that takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible’s most notorious sinner, Judas Iscariot.
May 16-June 1
Theatre Charlotte knows how to keep their theatre-going audience pleased! They’re bringing all-time favorite “Hair” to Charlotte in May. A musical celebration of life, a love letter to freedom and a passionate cry for hope and change, “Hair” tells the story of a group of hippies living in New York City and fighting against war, their conservative parents, and society. The first great rock musical, “Hair” includes some of the most rousing and soulful songs ever written for the stage.
Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents 2008 Tony Award-winning musical “Passing Strange.” Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the musical, directed by Chip Decker, is a heartfelt and hilarious story of a young bohemian focused on experiencing real life through sex, drugs and rock and roll. Journey from middle class black America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond in this daring new musical that crosses the boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention.
“Gruesome Playground Injuries”
June 6-July 12
CAST presents the regional premiere of “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” by Rajiv Joseph, author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.” Joseph, one of today’s most acclaimed young playwrights, is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an NEA Award for Best Play and a Whiting Writers’ Award.
— Compiled by qnotes staff from publicity materials.
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