Summer is coming to an end, though it looks as though it intends to fight for its life. Weather aside, the calendar tells us that the autumn theatre season is ramping up, and let me tell you, it looks like it will be a glorious time for punters! Here are just a few of the local productions punters can enjoy this weekend in and around Nashville.
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s annual Shakespeare in the Park this year is “Much Ado About Nothing,” , an original musical adaptation dedicated to U.S. service men and women. The show runs Thursday through Sunday at the Centennial Park Bandshell, with pre-show entertainment starting at 6:30 pm. There is a requested $10 donation, and local vendors will supply food and drink. The runs wraps this weekend, so be sure to get out to the park and show your support!
“Sherlock Holmes- The Final Adventure” at Nashville Children’s Theatre
Sep 13 & 15
“At the height of his powers, Sherlock Holmes has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case of blackmail pits the world's greatest detective and his brave friend, Dr. Watson, in a struggle to the death with Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime! This entertaining and thrilling theatrical exploit, written by one of America's finest contemporary playwrights, has everything Holmes fans hope for; danger, mystery, humor, twists, turns and...romance? The game is afoot! By Steven Dietz, based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”
“Caroline, or Change” at Street Theatre
Sep. 14, 15, & 16
“Set in 1963 Louisiana, Caroline, or Change centers its action on the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline, who is drifting through her life, nearly paralyzed by her circumstances - a single mother of four working in a service job to a white family. She spends her days in the basement laundry room with an afternoon visit from the young Gellman son, Noah, who is just as isolated upstairs in his home as Caroline is downstairs. The thunder of the civil rights movement and John F. Kennedy's death is distant, yet reverberates deeply through the script, provoking all characters to see their lives in a new light and either embrace or reject the larger social changes that are in motion. Caroline ultimately must choose between continuing on as her proud self and her family's welfare. Does she, or doesn't she?”
“The Gym” at Lakewood
Sep. 13, 14, 15, & 16
“In a bustling, state-of-the-art, metropolitan health club, life is sometimes comic, sometimes poignant, but always entertaining. This critically-acclaimed revue is comprised of a series of sometimes comic, sometimes poignant, always entertaining songs and skits about life in and around The Gym- a bustling, state-of-the-art, metropolitan Health Club. This updated production marks the long-awaited revival of the show that was the darling of the NYC Musical Theatre Community in the 90's.”
Remember- always make reservations!
Most theatres allow patrons to make reservations online (links included for you convenience) or by phone.