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A New Oliver Twist for Virginia Stage

A New Oliver Twist for Virginia Stage

By Montague Gammon III The “music driven” production of Oliver Twist that partners Virginia Stage Company and the Governor’s School for the Arts is not to be confused with the familiar show Oliver.   There’s more than one twist that turns this one away from the 1963 commercial show, though both are based on the

(Luke Scaros is Buffalo Bill)

LOCAL THEATER: Silence Goes Generic

By Jim Roberts   “I’ve done some vulgar stuff,” Shon M. Stacy mused after directing a rehearsal of “Silence! The Musical.” “This will top it.” The off-Broadway show is billed as the “unauthorized” parody of “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 film that won five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best

The sun will come out for fans of “Annie” November 18-19 at Chrysler Hall Photo by Joan Marcus

Top Fall Musical Theater Performances

Compiled by Staff   I Sing the Rising Sea Virginia Stage Company Through October 9 ODU’s Goode Theatre This musical by the coauthor of Frog Kisstells a sweeping story that flows through generations and across continents—from the shores of Virginia to Japan and Antarctica. Scientists, soldiers, poets, and lovers strive to understand and master the power

Reduced Shakespeare Company stars in “The Complete History of America (Abridged): Election Edition” October 29 at the American Theatre

Top Fall Drama/Comedy Performances

Compiled by Staff   Picnic September 30 through October 16 Peninsula Community Theater This beautiful drama written by one of the world’s most admired playwrights takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. One house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and

(Actress Rona Figueroa)

VA STAGE CO: Climate Change Addressed in Rising Sea

By Jerome Langston It takes a few minutes to fully acclimatize to Virginia Stage Company’s new temporary home—ODU’s modernly designed Goode Theatre, during a rehearsal break for the company’s ambitious brand new musical, I Sing the Rising Sea, which opens their 38th season. The aesthetics of the Goode are quite different from the historic architectural


LOCAL THEATER: A backstage comedy-thriller with Hollywood overtones

By Jim Roberts   Twenty years ago, Jeffery Seneca starred in a college production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” This month, he’ll make his directorial debut at the Little Theatre of Virginia Beach with the same show. “I think I’ve seen it now—both from being in it and directing it—close to 200 times,”