Friday, January 17, 2014

Arcadia, Penelope, and Comedy Fest fill up the stages

Plenty of live fun to be had

Posted by Stephanie Barna on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM

Theaters around town will be packed tonight. Americana act Shovels & Rope is playing a sold-out show at Charleston Music Hall, while the Charleston Comedy Festival will put on 12 shows in spaces all around town (you can still get tickets to many). See our full guide to the fun over here.

If scripted theatre is more your bag, there are several options tonight. PURE Theatre is closing out its run of Penelope, a play that riffs on the Odyssey and tells the tale of Penelope's suitors vying for her while Odysseus is away. Our reviewer said: "Penelope is — pleasantly — not a simple, lighthearted night of comedy. Sure, it’s very silly at times, but the material is also dark and intellectually stimulating." Stick around PURE afterwards for the Comedy Fest's Improv Marathon with Airwolf, Cats Hugging Cats, and Big Bang and double your fun.

Over at the Woolfe Street Playhouse, Director Keely Enright is tackling Tom Stoppard's masterpiece Arcadia, a time-shifting play with a bit of mystery mixed up with big questions about chaos and science. Read our preview here. That show opens at 7 p.m. and is followed by the Comedy Festival's Stand-Up Competition Winners' Showcase. A nice light bite after a hefty meal. 

Elsewhere, the College of Charleston theatre department is staging Mad Gravity, while Summerville's Flowertown Players' are attempting the rock musical RENT, and Midtown Productions on James Island is opening Shirley Valentine, the story of a middle-aged British woman looking for a good time. 

And if you're looking for a good time, you need to get out of the house. With so much going on, there's no reason to be stuck watching reruns tonight.

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