May theatre picks: Detroit to The Cat in the Hat

May theatre picks: Detroit to The Cat in the Hat
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‘Theatre is a series of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.’ -Tom Stoppard

Let’s hope that quote isn’t literal if you check out the Van Tour/Theatrical walk-about tour with the Charlotte based XOXO Theatre Company’s ‘Bohemian Grove’ playing, or rather traveling, May 7-30. (It’s a van tour that provides the drama on the road and in various stops…sounds interesting…let me know if you go.)

But if staying seated with your hands and legs inside the ride at all times is more your speed then you are in luck in Charlotte this month. Lot’s to see, so let’s get to it.

Happening in May

  • ‘Detroit’ at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Lisa D’Amour’s comedy about suburban angst, economic turmoil, and relationships. It’s GREAT! Now–May 3; Tickets $17. Go

  • ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ at Theatre Charlotte. The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Rock Opera that parallels today’s celebrity worship with that of the rise of popularity of Jesus Christ. May 15–31; Tickets $27. Go
     
  • ‘Buyer and Cellar’ at Duke Energy Theatre. A fictional comedy about working in Barbara Streisand’s private mall in her basement. (Yes that’s true – she has a small mall in her basement) Need we say more? Sounds hilarious. May 15–23; Tickets $18.70–$24. Go
  • ‘Pippen’ at Belk Theatre. Broadway Lights brings the iconic musical to Charlotte. Tickets will go quickly. May 19–24; Tickets $20–$125. Go
  • ‘Sister Mary Ignatius explains it all to you’ at Upstage in NoDa produced by Appalachian Creative Theatre. One of Christopher Durang’s most well received plays, Sister Mary teaches you about life, love, alcohol, bathroom breaks and handguns (not necessarily in that order). May 21–24; Ticket prices coming soon. Go
  • ‘Seven Guitars’ at The Duke Energy Theatre produced by On Q Performing Arts. August Wilson’s play about blues, unexpected musical hits, righting wrongs and the fight for man’s own humanity. May 27–June 6; Tickets $28. Go

For the Kids (of all ages):

  • ‘The Cat in the Hat’ at Children’s Theatre. Based on the famous Dr. Seuss book, a crazy red-and-white hat wearing cat brings fun and mischief to the stage. Recommended for all ages. Now–May 3; Tickets start at $16. Go

  • ‘The Yellow Boat’ at Upstage in NoDa produced by Three Bone Theatre. An affirmation of a child’s life and the strength and courage of all children. A portion of the proceeds go to support Odin Baer a 3 year old with Brain Stem Giloma. Recommended for children 10+ with an adult. May 8–May 17; Tickets $16-$18. Go

Just a little bit more North – Lake Norman area:

  • ‘Defying Gravity’ at The Warehouse Performing Arts Center. Jane Anderson’s exploration of human adventure into the unknown with a motley crew of characters. May 8–23; Tickets $16–$21. Go

Heading a bit south – Rock Hill (R Thrill) SC area:

  • ‘All shook up’ at Rock Hill Community Theatre. Elvis inspired songs drive this Joe DiPietro musical. Expect some hip-swiveling and lip-curling. (Fun fact – my favorite Elvis song – ‘Heartbreak Hotel’). May 15–30; Tickets $10-$15. Go

Best bet on the horizon: ‘The picture of Dorian Gray’ at The Duke Energy Theatre playing in June. This David Hensley directed show for Shakespeare Carolina is rumored to be edgy in all the right places. I’ll be there – so should you!

I got to see ‘Screwtape Diaries’ at Belk Theatre on Sunday – it was amazing. 90 minutes and only 1 speaking character and he kept it interesting the entire time…Wish my boss could do that!

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