Playhouse, Circuit theaters stage diverse trio of productions

Playhouse on the Square and its sister theater, Circuit Playhouse, stay busy this May with a diverse trio of plays.

Taking center stage at Playhouse is Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning classic “Kiss Me Kate,” which runs May 8th-31st. A musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, the show follows Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, two divorced and flamboyantly egocentric performers who find themselves starring opposite each other in this fun, melodious, and sophisticated musical that is a tribute to theatre in all its greasepaint and glory. The score features famous songs such as ”Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Always True to You in My Fashion.” Directed by Playhouse on the Square Resident Company Member Jordan Nichols and features Playhouse on the Square Associate Company Member Katie Hahn as Lillian, and Ken Goodman, making his Playhouse on the Square debut as Fred. 

Circuit Playhouse has two shows this month. “Tribes,” a 2012 Drama Desk winner about love, family, and finding one’s voice closes its run on May 3rd. Directed by Dave Landis and features associate company members Devin Altizer, Julia Masotti, and Cameron Reeves.

Then on May 29th, “the comedy “Seminar” bows. Theresa Rebeck’s 2011 play concerns four aspiring young novelists who sign up for private writing lessons with Leonard, a once celebrated literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious, as innocence collides with experience in this sharp comedy.

“Seminar” is directed by resident company member Irene Crist and features resident company member Michael Detroit as Leonard and as his students resident company member Morgan Howard, associate company member Julia Massoti, Jared Graham, and Playhouse newcomer Gregory Szatkowski.

Tickets to Playhouse on the Square are 35 Thursdays and Sundays, $40 Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets at Circuit Playhouse are $22 opening weekend, $30 Thursdays and Sundays, and $35 Fridays and Saturdays. 

Both theaters offer $22 tickets opening weekends as well as for seniors, students, and military throughout the run of all shows. Tickets for children under 18 are $15.

Playhouse is located at 66 S. Cooper. Circuit is located across the street at 51 S. Cooper. For more information or to make reservations, please call 901-726-4656 or visit playhouseonthesquare.org.

Cole Porter's “Kiss Me Kate” plays at Playhouse on the Square May 8-31.

Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” plays at Playhouse on the Square May 8-31.

Author: LampLighter

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