This evening’s opening night of Pure Theatre‘s “In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play” had everyone in the audience quite a-flutter to say the least. Based in the Victorian era when electricity had just been invented, the play recounts a time when women were diagnosed with “hysteria” and treated with a new electronic machine to, um, calm their nerves.
The entire performance was extremely well executed. The decor in the opening scene really set the stage (literally) with a dark red velvet vintage doctor’s chair taking center stage. I also liked the imaginative and clever ways the doors were “cut” in half so the audience could see into “the next room.” Costume designer Janine McCabe’s costumes were to die for – lots of corsets and bustles. I tried to talk her into parting with one for my personal collection. I’m not done trying. 😉
The leading ladies – Pelham Spong, Andrea Studley, and Tara Denton – had me in stitches for 85% of the time. The other 15% I thought I might actually let some tears fall when they discussed Mrs. Givings, her baby, and the need for a wet nurse. Nthenya Ndunda, who played the wet nurse, did an incredible job. Honestly, it really was the ladies who exhibited the more electrifying performances, as they should have with a play with such a subject matter as this.
Congrats, Pure Theatre and director Cristy Landis. I think this is one of the best plays I’ve ever seen you do. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next. This one definitely had some pulses racing. You should go with someone you want to, um, hold hands with.
Be sure to catch a performance over the next couple weeks. 477 King Street, 843.723.4444, www.puretheatre.org.
words: Olivia Pool
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Join Cone 10 Studios TONIGHT to celebrate the opening of their newest addition and the beginning of the holiday season. Peruse the new sculptures still hot from the kiln plus jewelry by Bobbi Kittner, ceramic tools, hand-made soaps by EarhMaiden, totes by Add Libb Designs, and other unique items that will definitely make perfect Christmas gifts or perfect additions to your own collection.
1080 – B Morrison Drive; Thursday, December 1st from 5:30 – 9 pm
bowls by Susan Gregory
earrings by Bobbi Kittner
words: Maggie Bacon
CFW 2012 Is Looking For Undiscovered Bridal Designers To Debut Their Collections On March 24th, 2012
For the past five years, Charleston Fashion Week® has served as a platform for emerging talent to showcase their designs and collections to industry experts, press, and the public. In addition to five nights of shows, CFW, along with Charleston Weddings magazine, also hosts a standing-room-only daytime bridal event featuring established, high-end regional and national designers. Next year, the white gloves will come off when the Spring Bridal Show debuts its first-ever Emerging Bridal Designer competition.
The winner will headline his or her own fully produced runway show during the Charleston Weddings magazine Spring Bridal Show, with a collection of 10-12 bridal gowns and/or wedding party wear on March 24th. Aspiring bridal designers interested in submitting should apply online by visiting www.charlestonfashionweek.com. The competition will be open to residents of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Submissions are due Friday, December 16, 2011.
Prepare yourselves for the Broadway experience of a lifetime, as the internationally acclaimed musical Wicked is coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center this spring!
Glinda and Elphaba, the Witches of Oz
Wicked is an insightful tale of two young witches of Oz, their unlikely friendship, and how they became known as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West, based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked.
Once immersed in this musical, the viewer is exposed to a fresh perspective on L. Frank Baum’s classic story and the society surrounding it, painting the world of Oz in shades of grey – or rather, green.
Employing over 200 pounds of dry ice; a 15-member orchestra, including several members from the Charleston area; and phenomenal costuming, Wicked brings an atmosphere of sheer energy and spectacle to any stage the production graces.
Embark on this magical journey and discover the spell-binding experience that is Wicked April 18 – 29, 2012.
Tickets for groups of 20 or more are now available at 843.529.5007 or www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com. Best of Broadway season tickets are also on sale, and include coming productions of In The Heights, Mamma Mia! and Mary Poppins.
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So the Spoleto Festival season has begun in earnest for me. Last night the SCENEsters attended the final dress rehearsal of The Magic Flute. It was pretty impressive, but as this operatic masterpiece of Mozart’s boasts a three hour engagement, we left at intermission. I’ll report back on the full performance next week.
I hope you are all planning to attend the opening of Winter Stories and Kcymaerxthaere at Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art (5 – 7 pm) and Contemporary Charleston 2011: Under the Radar (6 – 8 pm) at City Gallery at Waterfront Park tonight.
Make sure you check out the Opening Ceremonies tomorrow at 12 noon (free!) in front of City Hall. You always get a little taste of a featured performance and hear Mayor Joe welcome us all in Italian.
Another free goodie for you tomorrow is the Piccolo Spoleto Sunset Serenade with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra at 8 pm in front of the US Customs house (water side, not East Bay side).
We’ll be seeing Corella Ballet and Comparison is Violence, or The Ziggy Stardust Meets Tiny Tim Songbook this weekend, so stay tuned for more on those.
And above all, make sure you check out the Jazz Artists of Charleston’s Jazz Series Upstairs at McCrady’s, happening every night at 7 and 10 pm! This weekend is Heywood + Yost Jazz Flute Ensemble (26th), local favorite Lee Barbour (27th), Mutato featuring Clay Ross (28th) and Leah Suarez & Friends (29th)
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Billy Martin of Medeski Martin & Wood
Tonight John Medeski and Billy Martin of the acclaimed Medeski Martin & Wood jazz funk band will break it down at Robert Lange Studios in their Master Class. So, what is a master class exactly?
We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls today about exactly that. What you can expect tonight is an intimate experience with two ridiculously talented musicians. Tickets are limited and almost sold out. If you want one, visit our website and click on the PayPal link on the right.
It will be somewhat of an academic evening, in the best sense. They will talk about their music, what inspires them, answer your questions, and more. There will be a meet and greet with guests during the reception, which will follow immediately after…and there is always the possibility of an impromptu jam session!
You already know they are gifted musicians, but did you know Billy Martin is also a visual artist?? His work will be on display and for sale right at the event. What is not to love about this?!
I hope you will join us for an evening with MAGO of Medeski Martin & Wood.