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Top Five Theater Events for Fall

October 8, 2009 by Jill Spear

If you like theater as much as I do, we’ve hit the jackpot this month. So, in no particular order, here’s a wish list for theater buffs:

atc_kiterunner1. Arizona Theatre Company presents: The Kite Runner.

I might be the only person who hasn’t read the book or seen the movie. Third time’s the charm, and I’m eager to see this haunting story performed on stage. Set in modern Afghanistan, The Kite Runner is a tale of friendship, betrayal and redemption. Herberger Theater, October 8 – 25.

Interesting tidbit: The current Afghan government has banned the film version.

 

boom2. Actors Theatre Company presents: Boom

A geeky marine biologist, a wild coed, an underground biology lab and doomsday. Count me in. This end-of-the-world sci-fi fantasy is a very funny look at humanity and how we got here. Herberger Theater, October 8 – 25.

Interesting tidbit: The playwright has degrees in both biology and theater. Guess that explains the exotic fish tank. (Don’t ask, just go see it).

 

shakespeare093. Shakespeare at the Herberger, Featuring the Fateful Loves of Hamlet

Picture that crazy, mixed-up Hamlet in toe shoes. Center Dance Ensemble and other Valley dance companies perform to Shakespearean sonnets and plays. Herberger Theater, October 15 – 18.

Interesting tidbit: Jude Law, that genetically perfect guy, is currently playing Hamlet on stage in London.

 

Charliebrown4. Valley Youth Theatre presents: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

When Charles Schulz died, a newspaper ran a simple tribute with two words familiar to every Peanuts reader: “Good Grief.” To remember why a comic strip about a round-headed boy and his friends is so endearing, head for Valley Youth Theatre, October 16 – November 1st.

Interesting tidbit: The little red haired girl was based on a real-life romance Charles Schulz had as a young man.

 

Grease5. Grease

I’m betting I don’t have to sum up the plot or say a thing about this musical, except that you can see it at the Dodge Theatre, October 20 – 25.

Interesting tidbit: Max Crumm, who played Danny Zuko on Broadway, used to perform for Valley Youth Theatre.


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