There's a new theatre in town that will have you doo-whopping around the clock.
34 West Theatre just opened its doors a few days ago, and members say they are excited to be in their new space, a renovated old yogurt shop at 200 Meeting St.
"We've always found ourselves performing in unexpected venues," says playwright and co-founder Stephen Wayne. "A gospel musical in a bluegrass bar in Brooklyn; a roaring '20s show in an off-Broadway cabaret; even staging an Old English poem in a medium level prison."
So, an old yogurt shop seemed the perfect place for this adventurous and eccentric group to set up shop.
"It's beautiful and classy, and not what you'd expect at all," Wayne says of the 60-seat theater just down the street from FIG restaurant.
Their first show is an original musical comedy called "Doo Wops and Beauty Shops," and that will run for the next two months. Part theater, part sketch comedy, party musical, the show was created simply for everyone to just laugh and have a great time.
Wayne describes it as " 'Saturday Night Live' meets 'Happy Days.' "
That sounds like a fun night indeed.
Tickets for this show are $25. You can expect some snacks, beer and wine available for purchase.
For more information, call 901-9343 or go to www.34west.org.
'Truth in Cold Blood'
"Truth in Cold Blood" is a new drama written by Thomas Tisdale, revealing the story surrounding the murder of Bishop William Alexander Guerry in Charleston in 1928.
"The nearly forgotten story of a Southern Episcopal bishop murdered by one of his own peers in 1928 will surface this summer here at the historic Dock Street Theatre, less than 100 feet away from where the incident occurred," explains Margaret Mullins of Unity Productions.
Tisdale is an attorney and writer in Charleston and also serves as chancellor of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
"Bishop Guerry was gunned down in his office at St. Philip's Church by a disgruntled priest," said Tisdale. "In writing this play, my goal was to bring to life the reasons for this now-forgotten tragedy, and to force us to confront the deep societal issues that continue to divide our communities in our own time."
The Rev. Calhoun Walpole, who worked with Tisdale on the play, says, "Bishop Guerry was driven by a sense of racial justice that put him far ahead of his time and it cost him his life. The disgruntled priest who shot him honestly held different views of justice."
The play is being produced by Unity Productions and is being directed by Richard Futch, who has an impressive resume in playhouses throughout the country as well as working on television shows such as "Army Wives."
"Truth in Cold Blood" premiered Wednesday at the Dock Street Theatre. If you missed opening night, there are four more performances that will take place Thursday through Sunday at various times at the Dock Street. Tickets are $40 and are available on www.etix.com.
Go to www.truthincoldblood.com.
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