Theater Critic’s Picks
Debra Wagoner in Always…Patsy Cline. Photo by Jay Paul.
There’s a lot of great theater happening around Richmond supporting the Acts of Faith Festival. See my recommendations for the weekend, along with a brief synopsis and ticket prices.
- Next Fall. Touching play about a gay Christian who prays after sex and his neurotic boyfriend. Impeccably funny, but be sure to bring some Kleenex, too. Richmond Triangle Players, directed by Anna Johnson. Read review. $20-$25
- August: Osage County. Dark comedy about a dysfunctional family rife with incest, drugs, and a psychotic mother. Plus it’s from my hometown, Chicago. Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Barksdale’s Theatre Gym, directed by Keri Wormald. Read review. $19-$26
- The Lion King. Gorgeous wildlife puppetry and a synthesis of Disney tunes and African hymns make this production an exotic safari for adults and kids. Pricey tickets but don’t miss out. Broadway in Richmond, directed by Julie Taymor. Read review. $25-$127.50
- The God of Carnage. Four naughty adults got at it, plus Susan Sanford throws around the F bomb a lot, and the best part is the show runs less than 90 minutes! Barksdale Theatre at Willow Lawn, directed by Bo Wilson. Read review. $19-$38
- Always…Patsy Cline. Starlet Debra Wagoner sings 20+ songs of country singer Patsy Cline’s best hits, plus Hanover Tavern makes a kick ass Dixie Julep. Barksdale Theatre at Hanover Tavern, directed by Joe Pabst. Read review. $19-$38
- You Don’t Know Me. A trio of three one-act shows. Lots of political commentary and an experimental dance sequence make this show satisfactory but optional. Firehouse Theatre Project, directed by Bill Patton. (No review – Attended off-duty.) $12-$26
- The 39 Steps. Murder mystery mixed with variety show comedy. There’s great stagecraft and Swift Creek cooks some tasty dinner rolls, but it’s hokey and slow. Swift Creek Mill Theatre, directed by Tom Width. Read review. $35 (theater only), $50 (theater and buffet)
Not all these shows provoke spiritual enlightenment, but most of them won’t fail to entertain. Be sure to check in to GayRVA.com for all your latest theater news around Richmond.
Matthew Miller is the former arts editor and chief theater critic for GAYRVA.com. A Chicago native, he holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Richmond, VA and is a member of the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle. He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Matthew Miller on Twitter twitter.com/matthewkmiller
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