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The Gentleman Pirate 

When: Fri., May 27, 4 p.m., Sat., May 28, 2 p.m., Sun., May 29, 1 p.m., Mon., May 30, 2 p.m., Tue., May 31, 4 p.m., Wed., June 1, 4 p.m., Thu., June 2, 4 p.m., Wed., June 8, 3 p.m., Thu., June 9, 3 p.m., Fri., June 10, 4 p.m. and Sat., June 11, 4 p.m. 2011
Phone: (843) 724-7305
Price: $16

If pirates had ADD. Local performer Rodney Lee Rogers becomes a hyperactive thief in his solo play The Gentleman Pirate. With energy to spare, Rogers bounces from role to role to tell the story of the trial of Stede Bonnet, who was ultimately hung in Charleston in 1718.

All of life's a stage. The performance is traditionally held at the Powder Magazine, the oldest public building in South Carolina. The ancient walls help set the tone for Rogers, who uses the whole building to his advantage. Without the confines of a traditional stage, Rogers is able to act like any little boy playing pirates, jumping on cannons, hanging on fences, and enacting imaginary sword fights.

History buffs rejoice. Rogers' play is thoroughly researched. History enthusiasts who want a lesson mixed in their theater will enjoy the performance, which accurately tells the tale of the dandy pirate. And afterward, linger around the Powder Magazine to pick up a few more tidbits on Charleston's past.

— Cara Kelly
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