This is a week to focus on the performing arts and give a standing ovation to some of the truly great theater and production companies we are blessed to have here in Charleston.

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‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

There’s just something about Shakespeare that never gets old.

The man was a genius, and his genius lives on in theater companies and literature classes the world over.

This week, catch a production of Shakespeare’s “All’s Well That Ends Well” by the College of Charleston School of the Arts’ theater department. The show is part of the department’s 15th annual Shakespeare Project.

“The story tells of a recently widowed countess who allows her beloved son to leave her side and be mentored in the court of a king,” explains Nandini McCauley, C of C media resources coordinator. “But, young Bertram’s callow behavior is given encouragement by reckless companions, and Bertram humiliates a brave and skilled young woman named Helena.

“Helena’s healing arts were passed along to her by her own father, and now she must craft a way not just to fulfill her own heart’s desire but to improve the heart of the man she loves.

“This is a tale of magic and grace in which the women are both shrewd and undaunted, showing that they are the better mentors to the men around them,” McCauley continues.

The show starts its run today and goes through Sunday; there will be a second run of shows Aug. 23-28. All evening shows will be at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees will start at 3 p.m.

The show will be at the Emmett Robinson Theatre, 54 St. Philip St., inside the Simons Center. Tickets are $15; $10 for C of C students, faculty, staff and senior citizens.

Call 953-6306 for more information or to purchase tickets.

‘The House of Yes’

A play set in a strange house full of dysfunctional family members who are trapped inside at Thanksgiving as a hurricane bellows outside?

Yes, please, to the absurdity that is “The House of Yes.”

What If? Productions’ artistic director Kyle Barnette describes the show as “the comedic and sordid story of Marty Pascal (New York guest artist Patrick Arnheim) and the hurricane-cursed Thanksgiving evening he reluctantly brings his new fiancee, Lesly (Mary Fishburne), home to meet his larger-than life family.”

The story gets really interesting when Marty’s twin-sister Jackie O (Carri Schwab) and Lesly meet.

Jackie O’s reaction to Lesly and to her brother’s news apparently sets the stage for all kinds of unexpected encounters of “a twisted brother/sister role play game involving a certain presidential assassination, and younger brother Anthony’s (Storm Smith) awkwardly coming of age exploits,” Barnette said.

Add an alcoholic mother (Charleston theatre legend Samille Basler) to the mix, and who could say “no” to the twisted characters in “The House of Yes”?

“The House of Yes” opens Thursday and runs through Saturday, with another showing set for Aug. 23-25. All the shows will start at 8 p.m. at 84½ Society St., home of Threshold Repertory Theatre.

Tickets are $18, $12 for students, and are available online at

For more information, call 793-1972.