As Phoenix is beginning to feel the reluctant thaw of Winter’s frost, theater goers are emerging from their homes, hungry for plays and musicals that will fill their desire for the real and spectacular.
Expect a fun-filled line up of plays and musicals this spring that will surely bring a smile to your face and send shivers down your spine. Catch “Uncle Vanya” at Space 55 (heading into its second weekend of a three-week run in March). In April, get blown away by “Spamalot,” the musical sensation that made its start on Broadway in 2007, and take on a true classic, “The Marriage of Figaro.” These splendiferous plays and musicals will make you feel right and ready to face the changing of seasons in Phoenix.
‘Uncle Vanya’ at Space 55: March 14 – 30
Director Charlie Steak adapted this Russian classic, written by Anton Chekhov, to offer his audience the opportunity to take a closer look at the play’s catalyst, Elena, the professor’s young wife. In this version of “Uncle Vanya,” the old professor and his second wife, Elena, leave the city. They move to the rural estate that is home to Sonia, the professor’s daughter, and Vanya, Sonia’s uncle. Other characters at the estate include Telegin and Marina, Sonia’s nanny. Love is fought for and lost as friends and family find themselves trapped within Elena’s web of beauty mixed with deception.
The elusive Elena is played by Shawna Franks who is the theater director and founder of Space 55. According to Space55.org’s education page, Franks went to acting school at DePaul University and pursued an acting career in Chicago.
‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at Comerica Theatre: April 4 – 5
Showing in Phoenix for two nights only, Monty Python’s “Spamalot” beckons you to hear the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table— with a Monty Python spin. Experience musical merriment with “men in tights,” blood-thirsty rabbits and dancing divas. Get swept away by this touring musical sensation.
‘The Marriage of Figaro’ at Phoenix Symphony Hall: April 5-7
Get your opera on and join the Phoenix Symphony Hall for a clever and hilarious story of romance and mistaken identity that takes place in an estate outside Seville, Spain. Sung in Italian with English subtitles, “The Marriage of Figaro” tells the story of Figaro, a valet who plans to wed the lovely maid, Susanna. When Figaro learns that Count Almaviva is going to seduce his bride, surprise, mayhem and hilarity take the stage as Figaro tricks the Count and hopes to win the hand of his love.
Support Phoenix Theater
The Phoenix Symphony Hall, Space 55, and Comerica Theatre promise exciting shows for audiences of all ages this spring season. They feature puppet shows, sketch comedy, improv, cabaret, classic plays, musicals and operas. These theaters and community spaces are always looking for volunteers, interns and other professionals who want to get messy and have fun. If you want to learn more about how you can become a part of the community theater experience or how you can purchase tickets for these awesome upcoming productions, visit Space 55’s website or check out phoenix-theater.com and come see mystery, wonder and excitement unfold onstage.