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Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

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Simon comedy to hit HART stage

The Neil Simon masterpiece production “Brighton Beach Memoirs” will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 24-25 and May 1-2, 8-9, and at 3 p.m. May 3 and 10 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

The autobiographical play is set in the 1930s and the action is seen through the eyes of young Eugene Morris Jerome. The play is one of the funniest and most touching of all of the Simon works. 

Simon is the most successful playwright in theater history. At one point he had three hit plays running on Broadway simultaneously and throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s one hit followed another. He was a part of a legendary group of writers who worked for Sid Caesar on “Your Show of Shows” in the 1950s that included Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Selma Diamond. In 1991 Simon wrote what would become his most celebrated play, “Lost in Yonkers.” The play has the same spirit and feel as the “Brighton Beach” trilogy, and it finally won him the Pulitzer Prize. 

Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $11 for students. There will also be a $7 matinee. or 828.456.6322.


‘West Side Story’ comes to Franklin

The acclaimed production “West Side Story” will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Leonard Bernstein’s legendary story is of hidden romance and tragedy, as tensions rise in this classic American musical. This most loved show is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” set in 1950s Manhattan. We join rival gangs — the American “Jets” and the Puerto Rican “Sharks” — who are battling for control of the historic New York City community (Upper West Side).  

In the midst of the gang tensions and neighborhood prejudices blooms the romance of Tony, former Jets member and Maria, the younger sister of Bernardo, founder of the Sharks. The production tells a relevant story of the consequences of ethnic violence and romance on the streets of our greatest city.

The Franklin show will be presented by the Asheville Lyric Opera.

Tickets start at $20. or 828.524.1598.

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