by Chris Davis
2011-12 is shaping up to be a reasonably exciting theatre season.
Bye Bye Birdie (Lohrey Stage)
August 19 — September 11, 2011
Hard to believe but Theatre Memphis has never done this musical inspired by the mania surrounding Sun recording artists like Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty. Tunes like "One Last Kiss," authentically capture the spirit of early rock-and-roll.
Glengarry Glen Ross (Next Stage)
September 16 — October 2, 2011
David Mamet turns the lives of real estate salesmen into something positively Shakespearean. Great play. Great movie. Savage to the point of being satirical.
EMMA (Lohrey Stage)
October 7 -23, 2011
Hey, Pride & Prejudice was a big hit, why not?
Sondheim Concert (Next Stage)
November 4 — 20, 2011
Music by the master.
A Christmas Carol (Lohrey Stage)
December 2 — 23, 2011
Directed by Jason Spitzer
Barry Fuller as Scrooge
The Importance of Being Earnest (Lohrey Stage)
January 27— February 12, 2012
You know, I should complain about this. Wilde wrote other plays and this gets done over and over again. But it never gets old. Still, is it too much to ask for at least one Salome every 20 years or so?
Circle Mirror Transformation (Next Stage)
February 17 — March 4, 2012
A cleverly imagined dramedy set in a creative drama class. "Be a tree!"
Chicago (Lohrey Stage)
March 9 — April 1, 2012
From Curtains to Cabaret Theatre Memphis can't seem to get enough Kander & Ebb. Ripped from sensational headlines of the 1920's Chicago is a grand vaudeville about crime and corruption and one of the Great White Way's most successful musicals.
April 6 — 22, 2012
A poem by Henry Gibson. I mean, the PLAY by Henrik Ibsen.
Noises Off (Lohrey Stage)
April 27 — May 13, 2012
Michael Frayn's backstage farce still knocks 'em dead in the aisles. I've seen it enough, but nobody asked.
No, No, Nanette (Lohrey Stage)
June 8 — July 1, 2012
A nifty relic from the 1920's. "Tea for Two," anybody?