Now On Stage

The Curtain Is Rising To Reveal A Theater Season Filled With Top Performances

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Broadway and Beyond is a one-act recital of operatic arias and duets and show tunes, showcasing professionals like Christina Nassif, whose memorable Virginia Opera performances in Traviata and Don Juan impressed audiences and critics (Oct. 18, Hampton; Oct. 19, Richmond; Oct. 20, Virginia Beach).

La Vie de Bohème, condensing highlights from Puccini’s opera into an hour and a half, incorporates LOV’s Children’s Chorus into another cast of promising and accomplished young opera professionals. (March 14, Williamsburg; March 15, Richmond; March 16, Virginia Beach).

Master Class, Terrence McNally’s play based on the life of opera legend Maria Callas and her 1970s master classes at Juilliard, is LOV’s first foray into non-operatic production (May 2, Virginia Beach; May 3, Williamsburg; May 4, Richmond).

One of the most prolific of Hampton Roads’ presenting venues is just across the water from Norfolk. That is the century old, refurbished American Theatre in the Phoebus section of Hampton.

The Aquila Theatre Company is first on the American Theatre’s list of visitors, with Shakespeare’s  multi-plot Twelfth Night, forever puzzlingly and perhaps punningly sub-titled “What You Will” (Oct. 3).

A “not-so-traditional musical version of The Three Little Pigs,” featuring a big and clumsy, but not at all bad wolf, is the first of three daytime Saturday shows from Theatre IV, Richmond’s top-notch professional theater for young audiences (Oct. 12). Theatre IV shows are SOL linked; Q&A sessions after each one.

L.A. Theatre Works, whose live radio-style theatrical readings are unique, take on every thwarted lover’s classic wish-fulfillment film, The Graduate (Nov. 2).

The ghosts in Theatre IV’s Christmas Carol won’t be too scary for youngsters, the troupe promises (Dec. 7).

The innovative Aquila troupe, whose strong suit is staging works that did not start out as plays, returns with their adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s fearfully cautionary, classic 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451 (Jan. 18).

Buffalo Soldier, an award-winning drama with music from Theatre IV, brings to life America’s post-1865 African-American troops (Jan. 25).

The Walnut Street Theatre’s Driving Miss Daisy (Feb. 8), and Mad River Theatre Works’ The Story of Jackie Robinson (Feb. 9), provide more takes on race relations in America.

Hamlet, plus Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Tom Stoppard’s modern look at two of Hamlet’s courtiers, (March 8 and 9, 8 p.m.) make a perfect double bill for the world-class Acting Company.

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