On the stageWritten by Admin
Simon play in Highlands
A production of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” will hit the stage Thursdays through Sundays from Oct. 13-23 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center.
The plot concerns the once successful vaudeville comedy team of Al Lewis and Willie Clark, who quarreled after 41 years of success and broke up the act. Now 11 years later, CBS-TV wants to reunite the guys for a special on the history of comedy, but with their arguments about the performance, it seems unlikely that the TV reunion will take place.
For show times and tickets, contact the box office at 828.526.8084. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Halloween at HART
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will end its 2016 season with a Halloween treat, “The Mystery of Irma Vep.” The production will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 27-29 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.
Appearing Off-Broadway to raves, this definitive spoof of Gothic melodramas is a quick-change marathon in which two actors play all the roles. A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this a comedy that has everything. It opened originally in Greenwich Village and ran for two years developing a cult following. The comedy was revived in 1999 in New York and received rave reviews and awards. The New York Times called it “the funniest two hours on a New York stage.”
The plot involves a trip to Egypt, resurrecting the mummy of an Egyptian princess, a curse, werewolves, vampires, and family disputes, all played out by two actors portraying eight characters. There will be as much happening off stage as on in this quick-change romp that requires elaborate Victorian costumes. The show is the brainchild of Charles Ludlam who helped found the Ridiculous Theater Company in the 1960’s. Ludlam was one of the original actors in “Vep” but died a year into the run in 1987. By the early 1990s “The Mystery of Irma Vep” was the most produced play in the United States. It helped inspire a range of other quick-change shows including “Greater Tuna” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.”
Patrons can also plan to dine at Harmons’ Den Bistro in the Fangmeyer Theater prior to the performance on HART’s Performing Arts Center stage. To make reservations for tickets and for the bistro, call the HART Box Office at 828.456.6322 or visit www.harttheatre.org.
MET Opera ‘Live via Satellite’
The Highlands Performing Arts Center will present ‘Live via Satellite from NYC the MET Opera’s production of ‘Don Giovanni’ (Mozart)’ at 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Tickets available at www.highlandspac.org, at the door or by calling 828.526.8084.