by Chris Davis
The Playhouse on the Square family of theaters has planned a strong, adventurous 2011-12 season packed with offbeat musicals, edgy comedy, and risky experiments. Here's the rundown.
Playhouse on the Square
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Aug. 12- Sept. 4
A classic, as timely as ever.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour Sept. 8 - Sept. 11
I've known this wonderful, rarely-seen show was was being revived for a long time and it's taken every ounce of restraint to keep from spilling the beans. This darkly comic Cold War psychodrama by Tom Stoppard with music by Andre Previn, is a limited engagement teamup with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Because the show's requirements include a full orchestra it is almost never performed. Mark your calendars right now because this is not to be missed.
Gem of the Ocean (Sept. 23- Oct. 16):
POTS has been trying to do this August Wilson for years. I'll believe it when the curtain goes up.
Annie Nov. 18- Dec. 23
You take the bad with the good I suppose. Everybody's favorite red-haired orphan is back... after never going away.
Next to Normal Jan. 20- Feb. 12
A powerhouse musical about a housewife with bi-polar disorder.
God of Carnage March 16- April 1
Two sets of parents meet after an incident between their children in a park. Lives up to the title.
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline May 11- June 3
Something like this.
Xanadu June 29-July 22
Yeah, THAT Xanadu.
The Circuit Playhouse
Disney's Camp Rock: The Musical Aug. 26 - Sept. 18
Avenue Q Oct. 7 - Oct. 30
Puppets say things people can't.
Mrs. Bob Crachit's Wild Christmas Binge Nov. 25- Dec. 23
Aesop's Fable-ous Christmas Tree Dec. 3 - Dec. 18
More Christmas stuff.
In the Next Room, Or the Vibrator Play Jan. 13- Feb. 5
Once upon a time female hysteria was treated with vibrating dildos. Have a look.
Spring Awakening March 2- March 25
A fantastic musical adaptation of an expressionist masterpiece about the pleasures and pitfalls that teenagers face awakening to their own sexuality.
Present Laughter April 20 - May 13
A near sex-farce by Noel Coward, inspired to some degree by Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Tuna Does Vegas June 8- July 8
POTS@TheWorks Series at TheatreWorks
The Club Jan. 6- Jan. 29
70's-era satire about a football club.
Race July 6 - July 29
The incendiary David Mamet's treatment of an often incendiary topic.