Thursday, September 9, 2010

Go play at a playhouse

Posted on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Fall's over. It's raining. Time to get some culture. Thing is, though, this weekend some of the drama's in a theater — or else in a barn. Or even a library.

If everybody would just stop asking the in-laws and the grandparents for their opinions, weddings would turn out perfect. And yet everyone keeps asking Grandpa what he thinks. In the new comedy by Interplayers Artistic Director Reed McColm — Together Again for the Next Time — one dysfunctional family is blended with the dysfunctions of another family ... well, it's kind of like a dysfunctional milkshake. And the top has flown off the blender, and things are about to get messy.

Together Again Too (the cutesy alternate title for the play) is like one of those old-fashioned stage comedies: lightly satiric and grounded in pop culture, with the old coot bossing around his granddaughters and the mother of the bride stewing over the wedding arrangements. Best of all, it's performed by a relatively large cast of 11. (No brooding three-character drama here for saving on actors' salaries.)

Together Again for the Next Time opens tonight at 7:30 pm at Interplayers, with performances on Friday at 8 pm and on Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm. Visit interplayers.com or call 455-PLAY. The show continues through Sept. 25.

Watch out for the vampires out near Stateline. They're wearing boots and spurs. The Cowboy Supper Shows at the Rockin' B Ranch continue on Friday-Saturday, with doors opening at 5:30 pm. At 6:10 pm, dodge the bloodsuckers during "Twilight at Spokane Bridge — a Cowboy Vampire Melodrama." Dinner's at 7 pm, followed by the mainstage celebration of Western movie music, "How the West Was Sung," from 8-9 pm. $35 gets you both shows and several slabs of meat. Visit rockinbranch.com or call 891-9016.

Two actors wandered into a lecture hall ... and emerged with lessons learned and priorities straight. CdA Summer Theater has assigned Roger Welch and Jack Bannon a reading of Tuesdays with Morrie, Friday-Saturday at 7 pm inside North Idaho College's Molstead Library. It's in the Todd Lecture Hall, actually, and there's seating for only 75 student-spectators. Tickets: $25. Call (208) 769-7780. 

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