Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Redux features sneak peeks of new show on Instagram this week

Did it for the 'gram

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 1:35 PM

If you're like me, you're trolling the 'gram every time you get a break at work (or, like me, you're trolling it for work). Beyond the memes and your friends' bullshit posts about all these vacations they're taking — how? why? can I come? — there are some beautiful Instagrams out there. Namely, those that belong to local art studios, galleries, spaces, etc.

For your "take a break, check out art" fix of the week, I encourage you to do just that by heading to Redux's Instagram and seeing what's up in their stories. The account will feature sneak peeks of their new exhibit, Instant Gratification, which opens Friday at 6 p.m.

Instant Gratification, co-curated by Savannah, Ga. art collective Aint-Bad and Ashley Jones, features Polaroid images from over 25 artists. (And here's our sneak peek: you can read more about it in tomorrow's issue).

Happy 'gramming. 
Event Details Redux Presents: Instant Gratification (Aint-Bad & Ashley Jones)
@ Redux Contemporary Art Center
1056 King St.
Charleston, SC
When: Fri., Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m.
Visual Arts and Exhibits

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Greg Tavares presents one man show about how he almost died this April

In over his head

Posted by Will Allen on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Local comedian (and one third of Theatre 99's The Have Nots) Greg Tavares is stepping out of his comfort zone. This April, his new one man show, In Over My Head, premieres at PURE Theatre, with workshop productions April 12, 13, and 14 at 7:30 p.m.

In Over My Head tells the story of Tavares' near death experience of almost drowning in the ocean. Greg relives that day over and over again, remembering the choices that led him to that moment and the horror of almost drowning. “Audiences in Charleston usually see me as a comic actor because for over 20 years I have done so many improv comedy shows in town,” says Tavares. “This show is more emotionally raw than when I improvise, and that is why partnering with PURE Theatre has been perfect. Sharon has helped me go deeper into this story.”

And Tavares may just have some pre-show jitters. In a press release he says, “This show is a little different. There are funny parts, but I am trying to come to terms with almost dying in the ocean.”

A workshop production, in case you didn't know, is not a finished product, but serves as an opportunity for the creative team to make small adjustments to the performance before opening night.

Greg Tavares has become a staple in the Charleston comedy community since he co-founded Theater 99 in 2000. At Theater 99, he writes and teaches the theater’s training program. He is also the author of a book of improv tips, Improv for Everyone (Volume 1). In 2014, he delivered a Ted Talk on how to conquer fear and focus on fun.

PURE Theatre is an acclaimed local theater for contemporary theater productions.
Event Details In Over My Head
@ PURE Theatre
477 King St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: April 12-14, 7:30 p.m.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Charleston Black Theatre presents George Washington's Boy, a different kind of history

From footnote to center stage

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 4:52 PM

The cast of 'George Washington's Boy.' - ADAM CHANDLER
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  • The cast of 'George Washington's Boy.'
Playwright Ted Lange is a footnote historian. "When history deals with African American participation, we're usually a footnote. What I do is go around and find African Americans and do it [tell the story] from their point of view."

President and executive director of Charleston Black Theatre (CBT) Yvonne Broaddus first met Lange at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC in 2016. But she'd known him far longer than that.

"In the '70s — we're about the same age — I'd watch the Love Boat and back then when you'd see a black person on TV we'd run, thrilled. We were happy as a lark when we saw someone black." Broaddus and Lange (who starred on Love Boat, by the way) got to talking, and she told him about CBT and her dedication to educating the younger generation about their history.

CBT's mission, Broaddus says, is to "educate and entertain students, so they learn about American history, their history — there's a portion of it that is not as clear for them so they don't feel good about that. The part about enslavement, and all the things that go with that. They need to have a better picture of it."

Lange was immediately on board. When Broaddus got home, she had a book of Lange's plays, inscribed with "please, let's do one of these plays." The first play was George Washington's Boy, and Broaddus knew that was the one. "Let me say I really loved the storyline."

In George Washington's Boy we see the ascension of Washington, from his success in the Revolutionary War to 14 years later, when he's serving as the first president of the United States, all from the perspective of William Lee, Washington's slave. As Washington fights for freedom from Great Britain, Lee wonders why the institution of slavery is still able to exist, and thrive, in America. In Act I, Lee "realizes that freedom is a right for all Americans and begins to plot his escape." In Act II, Lee watches as Washington struggles with his philosophies, and must grapple himself with existing as an enslaved man who yearns for freedom.

"They all matched the characters they're playing," says Broaddus of her cast.  And by matched she means verve, not exact physical features. "We do color blind casting. If you can sound like Hamilton, but don't look like Hamilton, you can play Hamilton." Broaddus, who has worked with most of the actors before, says that they were "handpicked from heaven and seasoned with personality" (check out actor Jamal Hall talk about his role as Billy Lee below).

The stage reading will take place tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at West Ashley High School. A West Ashley resident, Broaddus thinks the underdog of the area deserves some love. 

"The number one reason is downtown spots are not available — I'm a nonprofit. It gets very expensive. And West Ashley is a good place to me. You don't have to worry about parking, or paying for parking. It's a great campus."

Tickets for George Washington's Boy are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors; purchase them online.

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Last Comic Standing's Drew Thomas headlines Creekside Comedy Night

Comedy on the creek

Posted by Will Allen on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Drew Thomas was on seasons 6 and 9 of Last Comic Standing. - PROVIDED
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  • Drew Thomas was on seasons 6 and 9 of Last Comic Standing.

Creekside Comedy Night returns to Creekside Kitchen and Brewhouse with headliner Drew Thomas and comedian Jennie Stencel on Sat. March 3 at 9 p.m. Local comedian Vince Fabra will open the show, which is hosted and produced by Keith Dee. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 9 p.m.

Drew Thomas hails from Kingston, Jamaica, but moved to New York when he was 9 years old. After listening to an Eddie Murphy comedy album, Thomas knew he wanted to be a comedian. It was not until years later that he would start his comedy career in Atlanta. Since then, Thomas has toured the country, putting on shows and appearing on television programs like NBC’s Last Comic Standing (Seasons 6 and 9) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Jennie Stencel is a comedian and a member of the improvisational comedy group There is No ‘F’ in Sketch based in Greensboro, North Carolina. She is the owner of Greensboro’s The Idiot Box, a comedy club. Stencel is also the Executive Producer of the North Carolina Comedy Festival.

Vince Fabra is a Charleston-based comedian who was a finalist in the 2016 Charleston Standup Comedy Competition. He is also the host of “You Almost Had It,” a weekly podcast in which Vince and his friend Luke Smitherman describe things that they have just tried for the first time.

Keith Dee is a Charleston-based comedian who (if you can't tell from our frequent coverage of his events) produces many local comedy shows.

Event Details Creekside Comedy
@ Creekside Kitchen and Brewhouse
2600 Savannah Highway Suite B
West Ashley
Charleston, SC
When: Sat., March 3, 9 p.m.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Joseph Coker, Shawna Jarrett, Hagan Ragland, and more at tonight's Elliotborough Mini Bar showcase

Text for tickets

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Text this guy for tickets to tonight's show. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Text this guy for tickets to tonight's show.
Get cozy at tonight's Mini Comedy Showcase at Elliotborough Mini Bar. Think about it: you skipped out on the Valentine's date with your new lover last night because, ya know, pressure. But tonight! You can laugh together, in a tiny bar, while (presumably) drinking. Don't say we never gave you anything.

Mini Comedy Showcases at the aptly named Mini Bar are small affairs, with seating for 25 people. Text comedian Joseph Coker for tickets — deets here — and for $10 a pop you'll hear from Coker, Shawna Jarrett, Hagan Ragland, Sam Hendry, Stan Shelby, and North Carolina-based Natasha Ferrier.

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