Thursday, September 30, 2010

Buddy strums, Evita croons, and Bali Ha'i is calling

Posted on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

You spent all summer at the lake; now you need some cultcha.  How about trying one of the following plays and live performances? They're like 3D movies except that, you know, they're actually in 3D.

Get in at the birth of rock 'n' roll in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (at Spokane Civic Theatre through Oct. 24 — this week, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm). (See photos and reviews of Buddy here and here.) 

Politics is "the art of the possible." That's what Juan Peron thought, anyway, and he was dictator of Argentina (even if he did almost lose his nerve before his wife Eva told him to man up). Lake City Playhouse's production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita (Thurs-Sat at 7:30 pm, Sun at 2 pm), amid all the pretty tunes, actually adds to your knowledge of world history (so you can get all smug with the history buffs and musical-theater Gleeks). (See photos and reviews of Evita here and here.)

Thirteen ways of looking at a 10-minute play: That's what's coming up in "Hit and Run IV," a two-hour, one-after-another festival of 13 short (and often comedic and absurd) plays, performed by a whole slew of local actors at Auntie's Bookstore (Main Ave. and Washington St.) on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 pm. Three of the playlets (which range in length from 7-12 minutes) take place inside a snowglobe, inside a closet, and inside a living hell. (This mini-play festival will be an Inlander Pick in our Oct. 7 issue.) Tickets are set at actors' favorite price: free.

Bali Ha'i is calling. The national tour of South Pacific opens in Spokane next Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 pm at the INB Center and continues through Saturday, Oct. 9. (See our preview here, and check out the tour's official website.) 

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