Take Me Out to the Theater!

Theater offerings abound this fall in our community, a bountiful autumn feast with something at the table for everyone:

  • Read recently on pb update, The Bristol History Kids will be hosting a Halloween Birthday party on Sunday, October 24th from 2pm-4pm in celebration of Linden Place Mansion’s 200th anniversary, and everyone is invited!  The History Kids are a group of local students who perform in period costume at special events throughout Rhode Island.  Tickets are only $5, and there will be egg races, a donut-eating contest, a pumpkin hunt, old-fashioned games, crafts, birthday cake (and other food), prizes, and more!  Click here for more information.
  • Rehearsals are underway at our own Kickemuit Middle School, where the Masquers Theatre Company players are busy readying their production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  A favorite in these parts thanks to Trinity Repertory Company’s longstanding tradition, the KMS production is sure to be a hit.  With shows scheduled for December 3rd, 4th, and 5th, we can hardly wait to see what the kids can do with Dickens!
  • We hear the Bard is coming to Bristol!  This November, Mount Hope High School’s Masqueraders will present Shakespeare’s shortest but bloodiest tragedy, Macbeth.  From November 17th through the 21st, Lady Macbeth will utter her mad, famous line “Out, damn’d spot, out, I say!”     
  • At the university, you can catch the final performance of Roger Williams University Theatre’s production of Iphigenia, a play written by the ancient Greek playwright Euripedes and adapted by Edna O’Brien, Saturday October 16th at 7:30pm.  For less than the cost of a movie ticket you can sit with the audience and discover,

How will Iphigenia respond when she learns her father, King Agamemnon, has summoned her not for marriage with Achilles, but for sacrificed death to appease the goddess Artemis?

      Up next at RWU is The Good Woman of Setzuan, a comic satire by Bertolt Brecht with shows running in November and December.  Click here for more information.

  • And last but most certainly not least, 2nd Story Theatre has opened its 2010-2011 season with Kimberly Akimbo, a comedy with a dark sense of humor by David Lindsay-Abaire.  About a girl with a rare aging disease (that makes her appear sixty instead of sixteen) and her dysfunctional family, critic Channing Gray calls this production “an irresistible night of theater.”  Kimberly Akimbo runs through October 24th.  Following close on her heels is Moliere’s School For Wives, a classic comedy about love and marriage and the folly of a man with a plan.  Sounds like a fun night out (ahem, dear husband, take note).  Opening night is Thursday, November 18th with performances scheduled through December 12th.  Click here for more information.

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