Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Nouveau Riche and Ho's: Go See Some Theatre

A heroin-addicted grandma. A poem about Brer Rabbit. A sexy tango over crudites. These are just a few things brought to you by CENTERSTAGE's production of Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine by Lynn Nottage, which closes this Sunday. It's your last chance to see a fabulous six person ensemble bring to life 20-something characters who detail the fall from grace of Undine, a member of the black bourgeois of New York City.

In a play that could be seriously heavy (Undine finds out that she's pregnant on the same day that her husband leaves her after embezzling their entire savings, bankrupting her PR firm and forcing her to move back to the Bronx to live with the family she hasn't seen in 14 years), director Jackson Gay really pulled out the clever moments in Nottage's script, giving the play a humorous bent that keeps the audience from being dragged down with Undine's problems. I liked it so much I saw it twice, and Cory Ryan Frank said that he "loved every minute of it." If you're looking for something to do over the weekend, I'd highly recommend coming up to Bmore to check it out.

Busy this weekend? Not a problem, because our next show follows right on Undine's heels. It's a revenge drama (think Hamlet) by John Ford called 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. I really don't feel like I need to say much more than that, but if you're still hesitant, here are a few tidbits:
  • A romance between a brother and a sister.
  • A $5000 budget for blood.
  • Come on, it's called 'Tis Pity She's a Whore!
The first preview show is on Wednesday the 11th, but if you're looking to come for free, check out the final dress rehearsal on Tuesday the 10th at 7:30 p.m. The final dress doesn't always have the polish of the regular run shows, but hey, free culture! CENTERSTAGE also offers College Nights, Student Discounts, and other specials, so check out and come see some quality theatre. I promise you won't regret it!

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