Theatre Happenings

Theatre, Music & Dance Updates for the Tennessee Valley

Coming Productions


Birmingham Festival Theatre

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

By Steve Martin.


Date and Times:

All performances at Birmingham Festival Theatre at 1901 1/2 11th Ave. S in Bimringham/AL.

Synopsis: Young Einstein and young Picasso meet at a bar in Paris. Fun ensues.

Director: Mel Christian

Tickets: $25/ $15 students

Other info: Appropriate for high school and up

Contact: or (205) 933-2328

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Website: www.BFTONLINE.ORG

Theatre Huntsville

Clybourne Park

By Bruce Norris.


Date and Times:

All performances at VBC Playhouse, 700 Monroe St. in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: Bruce Norris's Pulitzer Prize winning script Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighbourhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Director: Josh Phillips

Tickets: $18/$16. Reserve seats by calling TH at (256) 536-0807. Tickets are available at Call the box office at 256-536-0807 for group rates and handicapped seating

Other info: Recommended for mature audiences – Adult themes and adult language, Produced by Special Arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc

Cast: Sam Marsh, Cathy Altonji, Ariel Terrell, Art Walthall, Brian Beck, Byron Turner, Raye Bonham Carter

Contact: or or 256-536-0807

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Bankstreet Players

Dinner with Friends

By Donald Margulies.

Date and Times:

All performances at The Princess Theatre at 112 Second Avenue NE in Decatur, Alabama.

Synopsis: A happily married couple discover their closest friends are not as happy as they thought, and they begin to wonder how sound their own relationship can be.

Director: Andrew Foxx and Emma Denson

Tickets: $10 Student&Senior/$12Adult. Call (256) 350-1745 or visit to reserve tickets.

Other info: This show is for mature audiences, as it contains language and scenarios inappropriate for children.

Cast: Nathan Gillikin, Heather Kalonick Gillikin, Joseph Langley, and Chellie Letson


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STAAR Theatre

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Joseph Kesserlring.


Date and Times:

All performances at Antoinette Hall at STAAR Theatre Antoinette Hall at 105 N. First St in Pulaski, TN..

Synopsis: We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers, the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and the activities of the other brother—these require no further description or amplification here. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a must-see comedy hit that has been a favorite on stages from New York to small theaters like STAAR since 1939.

Director: William Dubberley

Tickets: $12-$18

Other info: other

Contact: or or 931.363.7222

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Independent Musical Productions

The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee

By William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin.

Date and Times:

All performances at location Black Box Theater at Lee High School at 2500 Meridian St. in Huntsville, AL.

Synopsis: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee centers on a fictional spelling bee in a geographically ambiguous Putnam Valley Middle School. Six quirky adolescents compete in the Bee, run by three equally quirky grown-ups. Recommended for teens and adults.

Director: Sherri Ryan

Tickets: $25-$30

Other info: Mature audiences

Contact: or 256-415-7469 or or 256-337-9071

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