It's been a hectic week (and weekend), but one loaded with great shows, including:
- Without Strings, a new take on the story of Pinocchio. It's a very funny and somewhat offbeat version of the classic story about a marionette who is brought to life and must learn valuable lessons the hard way. I saw the show tonight, and the young cast does a terrific job, scoring some solid laughs, visual gags and pratfalls. The script has humor for kids and for grownups - highly recommended! Sunday's show is at 2:30 p.m. at Huntington Middle School, and that's the last performance for that show - don't miss it!
- A Little Night Music is a terrific Sondheim musical being presented by ARTS at the Renaissance Theatre Ballroom, and it's a pure delight! The story is brisk and funny (with some heartbreak thrown into the mix), and the songs are wonderful - all presented by an amazingly talented troupe (it's worth the price of admission to hear Lara Donahoe sing "Send in the Clowns"). The show is done for this weekend, but it'll return with three more shows next weekend, and over the week ahead I'll serve up some more interviews with the cast - and a full review of the musical!
- Shrek the Musical also wraps up its run on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre - it's a fast and lively musical based on the beloved animated film, presented by the Children's Theatre of Charleston.
So go see a show already!