October looms, and the theatre scene is really getting its proverbial groove on! Fall is like that, and what with the massive spike in productions it gets progressively harder to select shows for my Nashville Theatre Weekend articles. The good news is what’s trouble for me is awesome for theatre-goers! There are just so many shows to choose from, you can’t go wrong!
All My Sons at TPAC
9/29 – 10/1
“Winner of the Drama Critics’ Award for Best New Play in 1947 and multiple Tony Award-winner, All My Sons established Arthur Miller as a leading voice in American theatre. All My Sons introduced themes that thread through Miller’s work as a whole: the relationships between fathers and sons and the conflict between business and personal ethics.” This production, presented by the Tennessee Repertory Theatre features some of Nashville’s most talented working actors.
American Buffalo at the Darkhorse
9/30 – 10/1
“American Buffalo is a 1975 play by American playwright David Mamet which had its premiere in a showcase production at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago. Critic Frank Rich called it ‘one of the best American plays of the last decade.’ Directed by Ryan Williams.”
Dancing at Lughnasa at the Belmont Troutt Theatre
9/30 – 10/2
“Dancing at Lughnasa is a 1990 play by dramatist Brian Friel set in Ireland’s County Donegal in August 1936 in the fictional town of Ballybeg. It is a memory play told from the point of view of the adult Michael Evans, the narrator. This play is loosely based on the lives of Friel’s mother and aunts who lived in the Glenties, on the west coast of Donegal. Set in 1936, during the summer before de Valera’s new constitution was approved by referendum, the play depicts the late summer days when love briefly seems possible for three of the Mundy sisters (Chris, Rose, and Kate) and the family welcomes home the frail elder brother, who has returned from a life as missionary in Africa. However, as the summer ends, the family foresees the sadness and economic privations under which they will suffer as all hopes fade. The play was originally presented at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1990. It transferred to London’s National Theatre in 1991, and won the Olivier Award for Play of the Year. In 1992, the play was produced on Broadway and won numerous awards including the Tony Award for Best Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Play.”
A Few Good Men at Lakewood Theatre
9/30 – 10/2
“Lakewood Theatre Company proudly presents this powerful drama about honor by Aaron Sorkin. Two Marines are on trial for allegedly murdering a fellow Marine, but sometimes the truth is more complex than what it seems on the surface. What is the truth? A large ensemble of some of Nashville’s finest actors play Military personnel investigating the events that led to the night of the tragedy. You won’t forget this fact-inspired story.”
Holes at Nashville Children’s Theatre
10/1 & 10/2
“When young Stanley Yelnats is sentenced (despite his innocence) to the wasteland of Camp Green Lake, he and his fellow juvenile detainees are forced to dig holes in the hot desert sun day after day after day. What is the Warden looking for? What has it all to do with Stanley’s “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather” or with a long-dead outlaw named Kissing Kate Barlow? The wheels of justice grind slowly, but when past and present overlap, the truth will be revealed. Exhilarating adventure, twists and turns, peril and promise — all this and buried treasure, too, can be found in Holes.”
Remember- always make reservations!
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