Fall heats up with plenty of plays


Local theater stages abound with productions in October.

Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker” plays through Oct. 11th at Playhouse on the Square (66 S. Cooper). This classic American comedy follows the exploits of Dolly Levi, a widow who arranges marriages for New Yorkers at the turn of the 20th century. Hired by a local merchant to find a wife, Dolly sets her sights on the eligible bachelor herself Slapstick, mistaken identity, and secret rendezvous ensue in this uproarious comedy from the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright.

Tickets are $30 Thursdays and Sundays, $35 Fridays and Saturdays. $22 for seniors, students, and military. $10 children under 18.

Playhouse’s sister theater, Circuit Playhouse (51 S. Cooper), prepares audiences for Halloween with “Carrie the Musical” running Oct 2nd-25th. Based on the best selling Stephen King novel (and film), “Carrie the Musical” spins an epic tale of torment and revenge. Carrie White doesn’t fit in. At school, the popular students torture her; at home, her religiously fanatical mother terrorizes her. But Carrie’s just discovered she’s got a special power, and if pushed too far, she’s not afraid to use it.

Tickets are $22 Opening Weekend (October 2, 3, 4); $35 Thursdays and Sundays; $40 Fridays and Saturdays. $22 for seniors, students, military. $10 children under 18.

Also at Circuit, readings for the NewWorks@TheWorks Play Competition continue this month.

NewWorks@TheWorks was established in 2013 to renew POTS’ focus on cultivating new and original theatre. Playwrights were invited to submit their scripts and a panel of local directors, actors, and designers selected six plays to be a part of a staged reading series. Of those six plays, two will be chosen to be fully produced as world premiers for our POTS@TheWork 2016-2017 season.

Following readings last month of “SMOKE” by Gloria Bond Clunie and “Other People’s Happiness” by Adam Seidel, the readings continue this month with “the Last of the Daytons” by Diane Grant on Oct. 11th, “Futurama” by Samantha Charlip on Oct. 12th, “The Baby Game” by Michele Aldin Kushner on Oct. 18th, and “Victory Blues” by Alan Brody on Oct. 19th.

Readings starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.

And Oct. 24th, Circuit present two shows on “Junie B. Jones, the Musical,” based on the beloved series of children’s books about the sassy little diva and her adventures in first grade. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children.

Visit playhouseonthesquare.com for more information on all POTs and Circuit Playhouse shows.

n Across the street at Hattiloo Theatre (37 S. Cooper), August Wilson’s “Radio Golf,” the final installment in the Pulitzer Prize winners Pittsburg Cycle, plays through Oct. 11th. And another play cycle, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, takes center stage Oct. 1st-15th with the second work, “In the Red and Brown Water.”

Show times for both productions are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, and 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $26, $22 students, seniors, and military; matinees, $22 and $18. Visit hattiloo.org for more info.

n Finally, the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis presents Donald L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game,” running until October 4th. Winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize and a Tony nominee for Best Play, “the Gin Game” tells the story of Fonsia Dorsey, a woman in her twilight years now residing in a “home for the aged” who learns gin rummy from a crusty, charming fellow resident.

Shows are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 adults, $15 students with valid ID and youth. Visit theatermemphi.org for more info.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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