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Pure Theatre’s Vibrator Play Has the Audience All A-Buzzing

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


Censored: Unveiling the Veiled at Blind Tiger

With 2011 coming to an end, it’s time to start planning for 2012, and some local artists have made this more fun than ever with their Censored calendar.

Thirteen creative minds from around town dressed in their art and posed for the calendar that goes to benefit chART Outdoor Initiative & Gallery. Join the awesome people responsible for the calendar at the Blind Tiger on December 2nd from 5pm-9pm for the Censored unveiling party.  You can see each month’s photo in large print and take away a calendar for yourself for only $15. The proceeds from the calendar go to support chART and the arts movement in Charleston.  To learn more about chART, check out our interview with one of its founders, Geoff Richardson:

You’ll never go back to having a boring day planner after getting a glimpse this calendar.  If you can’t make the party, get your calendar here!

Friday, December 2, Blind Tiger, 38 Broad Street, 5 – 9 pm

words: Maggie Bacon

I need a little time to brag…about Olivia

Most of you who read Art Mag know that Olivia Pool is the Publisher and Editor, Creator and Empress of Art Mag, and I couldn’t be more excited or luckier than to work with her.  Today we are going to honor her achievements and accomplishments in business at the Charleston Regional Business Journal‘s 40 Under 40 party.

We’re preoccupied with figuring out what to wear and the like, but I wanted to take a moment to step back and acknowledge the great work that Olivia has done and continues to do every day.  Charleston is really lucky to have her.

Congratulations, Olivia!

Charleston Fashion Week: Thursday Night Pics

We gather again to celebrate Fashion in Charleston.  Relaxing in the Style Lounge, cocktails, browsing the fantastic jewelry from local boutiques and designers…thanks for the great digs, Charleston Magazine & Art Institute of Charleston!

Meet us under the tents at Marion Square again tonight for shows from Teal, Mary Mojo, Biton, LaRoque, V2V, Gwenn’s of Mt Pleasant, and Art Institute’s own Ashley Reid.

CFW Tuesday Night Pics

During all the excitement that Charleston Fashion Week has to offer, we managed to snap a few quick photos at Tuesday’s Emerging Designer Competition — enjoy!

See you under the tents at Marion Square