Thursday, September 1, 2011

Finding new stage shows amid the ClusterFest

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:13 AM

The cast of Bachelorette
  • Pinch N Ouch Theatre
  • The cast of 'Bachelorette'
Amid all the huge competing events of ClusterFest 2011, it's easy to overlook the theatrical plays opening over Labor Day Weekend.

Bachelorette (Sep. 1-18 at 7 Stages Theatre) Hard on the heels of its production of Body Awareness, Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre presents another stage comedy. In Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, a bride-to-be named Becky sees her plans for a perfect Bachelorette party go awry. Grant McGowen directs Sarah Blackman, Barrett Doyle, Bryan Brendle, Elizabeth Lanier, Jessica De Maria, and Ann Marie Gideon. It sounds like something that fans of the film Bridesmaids would enjoy.

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man (Aug. 28-Sep. 17 at Actor's Express) Veronika Duerr, who hilariously played the title role of Becky Shaw a year ago, stars in a one-woman version of Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. Writer/director Ed Howard, a co-creator of Greater Tuna, adapts the 1981 novel by Fried Green Tomatoes author Fannie Flagg, which recounts a young girl's diary entries as she comes of age in Mississippi from 1952 to 1957. Presented by Howard & Kaffaty Inc.

Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid (Sep. 1-18 at Georgia Ensemble Theatre) You probably remember actor Jeff Daniels as the “Dumb” half of Jim Carrey’s Dumb & Dumber or his character roles in films like Terms of Endearment and The Squid & the Whale. As a playwright, Daniels has dabbled in various genres including the Western with the light-hearted Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid, in which an ornery outlaw reluctantly partners up with a wholesome singing cowboy. Georgia Ensemble Theatre artistic director Robert J. Farley directs Ryan Richardson and Rob Lawhon as the crooning title characters, along with Geoff McKnight and Laura Floyd.

Cheezecake Boiz and the Diva (Sep. 3-4 at The 14th Street Playhouse) Da Seed Company presents this musical about a singing Diva (Lauren Jones), an ordinary woman and a group of performers called the Cheezecake Boiz. Playwright Towanda Kilpatrick directs.

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