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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There are few things that we love more than connecting a talented artist with a great venue like the Footlight Players Theatre. When they contacted us about finding someone to feature on their walls for the upcoming Charleston Comedy Festival, we were excited to help!
"Trio" by Bill Mead
If you made it to SCOOP Studios before their final show, you will surely recognize Bill Mead’s unique landscapes by the large vegetables in the foreground of each piece. While the closing of SCOOP’s Broad Street location was a bittersweet event, their online gallery is still alive and well. We are glad to be sharing Bill Mead’s talents with a new audience, thanks to the suggestion of SCOOP’s Colleen Deihl.
Footlight Players loves displaying art inside their theatre
Six of Bill Mead’s pieces will be on display at the Theatre from now through the month of February, including the fantastic trio of squashes above. Stop by the Footlight Players Theatre on Friday or Saturday for the Charleston Comedy Festival! Showtimes vary. Get more info: www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com
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Thomas and Judy Heath’s sophomore play is opening September 24th, and you do not want to miss it. Perfectly Normel People is “a fish-out-of-water comedy about what happens when a college freshman from Kansas moves in with a dysfunctional Italian-American family from Queens.” Set in the 1980’s, this coming of age tale is, in essence, is a play about family and a play about love. “It demonstrates how people can make a difference in others’ lives without even knowing it,” says co-writer, Thomas Heath.
While the play is sure to have you in tears from laughter, do not expect outlandish situations or caricatures. The play really is a slice of life. As a professional psychotherapist (play write by night!) Judy says, “There is an understanding when you study humans and their brains and how they move in the world to writing characters. I was always asking myself, ‘Would this character really do this?’”
Seeing Perfectly Normel People is not only a great way to spend a Saturday night, but also a cool historic opportunity for someone to come see the show for the first time and say that they were a part of it. “There are some big plans for this,” says Thomas. “The ultimate goal is to turn it back into a screenplay and into a movie.”
So come out to the South of Broadway Theatre Company, 1080 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston, and be a apart of history! The stage reading starts at 7:30pm. Purchase your tickets, $7 for adults $5 for students, at www.southofbroadway.com.
It’s Halloween weekend, and you must be living under a rock if you haven’t seen some crazies out already.
Eye Level Art is celebrating in characteristic good form, and has video proof of why you should get to their 103 Spring Street gallery tonight and tomorrow night: Theatre Marvelosa’s Goth Rock Opera “Dead of the Night.” Check out this video from last night’s performance.
Dead of the Night at Eye Level Art, Oct 29, 30, 31, 8 pm. 103 Spring Street.
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