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THEATRE — A reason to give a damn
Moonlight and Magnolias
Opening Fri. Sept. 8
Sept. 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 10 and 17 at 3 p.m.
$25, $23/seniors, $18/students, $10/bargain seats
Dock Street Theatre
135 Church St.

If there's one thing that most non-Southern people tend to draw from for their beliefs about the South, it's got to be Margaret Mitchell's tragic saga, Gone With The Wind, and the subsequent movie starring Vivian Leigh and the irrepressible Clark Gable. Charleston Stage's first show of the season, Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias, is an imaginative look at the fury behind the scenes of the epic movie, which was the most expensive movie ever made when it was originally released in 1939. In the play, the movie's producer, David O. Selznick, is upset about the first screenplay for the film, so he decides to lock himself, famous screenwriter Ben Hecht, and director Victor Fleming in his office for a week until they can hammer out something acceptable. As the three men start to lose sleep, Selznick's increasingly frazzled secretary, Miss Poppenghul, becomes their food supplier and link to the outside world, and the four of them collectively descend into hilarious insanity. The Charleston Stage production is directed by Marybeth Clark and stars Randy Risher as Selznick, Jeff Jordan as Hecht, J.C. Conway as Fleming, and Sheridan Essman as Miss Poppenghul. Charleston Stage continues their theatre fan-friendly special events with a talkback session after the Sept. 10 performance, a pay-what-you-will night on Sept. 13, and a Young Professionals night on Sept. 14.

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SPORTS — Kick out the jams
Charleston Battery
Sun. Sept. 10
Kick-off: 6 p.m.
Blackbaud Stadium
1990 Daniel Island Dr.
971-GOAL (4625)

While the RiverDogs have wrapped up their season and the Stingrays haven't even starting icing down the floor of the Coliseum yet, the Charleston Battery soccer team, currently ranked third in the USL First Division with an 11-5-8 record, close out their ninth season with a game against the Rochester Raging Rhinos. With the team so close to making the playoffs, they're looking to draw a huge crowd for their last regular season game, which also happens to be both Fan Appreciation Night and Teacher Appreciation Night (meaning that all teachers get in free, courtesy of T-Bonz and the Kickin' Chicken). The first 500 children through the gates get free Charleston Battery T-shirts, and there will be live music and the annual fan player awards at halftime, plus cash and prize giveaways for randomly selected fans. Of course, you can't win anything if you're not out at the beautiful Blackbaud Stadium on Sunday night, so show your hometown spirit by supporting the hardworking players of the Charleston Battery!

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EVENT — Get back to where your grandparents once belonged
Age of Glamour Opening Reception
Tues. Sept. 12
5:30-7 p.m.
$20, $15/Museum members
Charleston Museum
360 Meeting St.
722-2996 ext. 264

Ever find yourself sitting at home, marveling at Hollywood's finest as they parade down the red carpet? Be jealous no more, as you too can walk the red carpet at the opening of The Charleston Museum's exhibit Age of Glamour: Fashions of the 1920s and 1930s. Prepare to be swept away by the decadence and glamour of the 1930s. Enjoy the exhibit, cocktails, and 1930s-style hors d'oeuvres with the Age of Glamour curator. Dance to big band classics performed by the Cavallaro Orchestra and jump behind the wheel of a 1930s Model A. The exhibit features clothing styles inspired by icons Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. View men's double-breasted suits and felt fedoras, along with a woman's black, gold, and coral lamé gown, a black velvet evening dress (shown above), and many more. Tickets to the vintage movie premiere-style reception should be reserved in advance by going to the "Calendar of Events" section at the Museum's website or by calling 722-2996 ext. 264.

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THEATRE — History repeating itself
Arsenic and Old Lace
Opening Fri. Sept. 8
Sept. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 10 and 17 at 3 p.m.
$25, $22/seniors, $15/students
Footlight Players Theatre
20 Queen St.

The old chestnut of the theatre returns to Charleston as the Footlight Players kick off their 75th season and their Blast from the Past series, featuring a selection of some favorites from the past seven decades, with the story of the merry black widows known as the Brewster sisters unfurling in a night full of laughter and comic foibles. In the play, written by Joseph Kesselring, Abby and Martha Brewster live together, quietly luring lonely old men into their house, then putting them out of their misery and stashing the bodies in the cellar. When their nervous nephew, Mortimer, finds out, he has to figure out a way to keep his aunts out of jail and convince them that what they're doing is wrong, while also taking care of his cousin Teddy, who is convinced he is former president Teddy Roosevelt. The Footlight Players originally staged Arsenic and Old Lace in 1942 and 1971; the 2006 production is directed by Bill Stewart and stars Jan Moore as Abby, Samille Basler as Martha, and Adam Miles as Mortimer.

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THEATRE — Good medicine
The Good Doctor
Opening Fri. Sept. 8
Sept. 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m.
Sept. 17 and 24 at 5 p.m.
$20, $18/students and seniors
Village Playhouse
730 Coleman Blvd.

The Village Playhouse opens its sixth season with award-winning playwright Neil Simon's The Good Doctor. Simon pays tribute to 19th-century Russian writer Anton Chekhov through a series of eight vignette adaptations of Chekhov's comedic stories. Each sketch is linked by the narrator, "The Writer," a lonely man who soon develops relationships with the characters in the stories he is creating. Included in the sketches are characters of a con artist, a fumbling dental assistant, a sly seducer, and a father attempting to expose his son to the complexities of lovemaking. The Village Playhouse production features guest director George Younts, who boasts such past works as The Front Page, Fools, Passion of Dracula, and Love Rides the Rails. The production's cast includes Brad Leon as the Writer, Paulette Todd, Jake Hennessey, Steve Fordham, Maggie Jo Saylor, and Ally Bing.


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