Thursday, October 14, 2010

Catch these plays before they're AWOL

Posted by Erica Jackson on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Local theaters are wrapping up their most recent runs this weekend, so if there’s a show you’ve been meaning to see, now’s the time.

PURE’s heart-wrenching AWOL wraps up Friday. Playwright Joanna Crowell based the play on interviews with real Iraq War resisters seeking refuge in Canada. “There is no question that AWOL: A Soldier’s Journey tells only one side of a complex story, but this is the key: The voices that speak in this play are the voices that are usually kept silent,” reviewer Jason Zwiker writes. “They understand that they will be judged and labeled, but still they ask that we listen.”

The Footlight Players’ production of the historical Lion in Winter ends with a Sunday matinee. Reviewer Maggie Winterfeldt writes: “While the clever diatribes and compelling demonstration of wits are impressive, they lose their edge somewhere around the second-hour mark where double-crosses turn to triple-crosses with no resolution in sight.”

For more light-hearted fare, the Village Playhouse presents The Marvelous Wonderettes through Saturday. This family-friendly, retro musical surprised and charmed reviewer Gervase Caycedo. “The show’s director and choreographer Keely Enright should be applauded for crafting loveable characters, comedic beats, and a clear back story for each song, topped off with cutesy choreography and creative props.”

Another family-friendly option is Charleston Stage’s Bunnicula, a musical about a veggie-loving baby bunny. And Brad and Jennifer Moranz present another classic musical revue.

Last but not least, Deuce Theatre’s controversial The Duncan Storm continues through Sunday. Web Editor Joshua Curry says it’s one of the most provocative shows he’s seen in Charleston. Check out his video for a sneak peek here.

 

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