Will Call: Tips & Tidbits for the Theatrically Inclined

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Buffalo Gal & Over the Taven close this weekend. Shakespeare's Women, an original compiled script assembled by Memphis artist Leslie "Sticky" Reddoch opens at The Hattiloo. But this weekend is shaping up to be all about original material, new ideas, and freaks.

Wild Legacy is Memphis director and playwright Gloria Baxter's theatrical homage to Olaus and Mardy Murie, the celebrated husband and wife naturalists who aided in the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This commissioned piece created by Voices of the South is being prepared for touring. I'm having coffee with Gloria Saturday morning and will have more about Wild Legacy soon.

Susan Ellis wrote a nice preview of Theatre Lite's latest offering 2 Across. I've got to admit, I'm not into puzzle books or romantic comedies so a "comedy about crosswords and romance" isn't all that appealing. On the other hand this young group is all about getting back to basics: "to awaken the imagination and ignite the senses with the first word spoken... Without scenery, sets and full-out costumes." And they perform at the Beignet Cafe where they make the beignet pyramid, which is a pyramid of beignets drizzled with chocolate sauce, topped with cherry pie filling, powdered sugar and whipped cream. So there's that.

Lastly, if you've always wanted to check out the FreakEngine but didn't want to have to stay up until midnight to do it now's your chance. For the first time ever FreakEngine, a popular, long-running, ever-evolving variety show that features improv comedy, performance art, dance, music, and yes, "torturous human experiments" will be performed in prime time. $10 at the Evergreen Theatre.

FreakEngine perform The Oracle

UPDATE:
Wild Legacy, which is mentioned above and listed in the calendar has been postponed. Darius Wallace's solo show Hold Fast continues at TheatreWorks through this weekend. Wild Legacy, a commissioned piece celebrating the creation of the Arctic National WIldlife Refuge, is part of a much bigger national celebration of ANWR that has been moved from spring to fall. Somehow the schedule change fell through the cracks. I only discovered this morning when I sat down to talk with the show's creator, Gloria Baxter.

Very sorry for any confusion.

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