Upstate college and universities have some very provocative plays and musicals opening over the next two weeks and some sure-fire favorites. Carolina Curtain Call will be reviewing some of these.
THE HOME PROJECT — Converse College
Photography, song, story and dance collide in this original performance created by the Converse community. “The Home Project” is a devised theatre production that explores the idea, dream, memory, and sometimes crushing reality of home. How do our homes shape us? What constitutes home? What does home mean today? Theatre Converse engages these powerful human questions to create an original production that soars with emotion, hope and power. “The Home Project” runs Feb 17-20 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Hazel B. Abbott Theater at Converse College, 580 E Main St. in Spartanburg. Tickets are $5-10 and Free for Converse Faculty, Staff & Students. For tickets, call (864) 596-9724 or visit http://culture.converse.edu/event/home-project.
RUMORS — Furman University
America’s premier comic playwright Neil Simon delighted audiences with this out and out funny offering. Four couples are at the townhouse of a deputy New York City mayor and his wife to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. The party never begins because the host has shot himself in the head (it’s only a flesh wound) and his wife is missing. His lawyer’s cover up gets progressively more difficult to sustain as the other guests arrive and nobody can remember who has been told what about whom. Mature audiences recommended. “Rumors” is directed by guest artist Carol Sutton and runs Feb. 17-20 & 25-27 at 8 p.m. with 3 p.m. matinees on Feb. 21 & 28. Call or visit http://app.furman.edu/FurmanTheatreTickets/
ROMEO AND JULIET — Anderson University School of the Arts
William Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy is set in 1930s gangster-laden America in this Anderson University School of the Arts production that premieres after Valentine’s Day. Shows are Feb. 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 20 at Belk Theatre, 316 Boulevard in Anderson. Call the Rainey Fine Arts Center Box Office at (864) 231-2080. For info, visit http://www.andersonuniversity.edu/school-of-the-arts
SHE LOVES ME — Clemson Players
The Clemson Players present “She Loves Me,” an enchanting musical of mistaken identity and the bloom of first love. Elegant, funny, and heartwarming, it’s the perfect Valentine confection. Shows are February 18-20 Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts at Clemson University, 141 Jersey Lane in Clemson. Call (864) 656-7787 or visit http://www.clemson.edu
DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEEN-AGED BLOCKHEAD — Limestone College
This play by Bert V. Royal is very adult riff on the Peanuts gang, bullying, sexuality, death, and identity and a funny, heartfelt, exploration of the human experience. For mature audiences only.
“Dog Sees God” Thursday-Saturday, February 18-20 at 8 p.m.at Limestone Center Theatre, 130 Leadmine St. in Gaffney. Tickets are available at http://www.showtix4u.com/.
Far Away — Bob Jones University
“Far Away” is a 2000 play by British playwright Caryl Churchill. The play has four characters: Harper, Young Joan, Joan, and Todd and is based on the premise of a world in which everything in nature is at war. “Far Away” is directed by C.J. McElhiney and runs Feb. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 27 at the Performance Hall at Bob Jones University, 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville, For tickets, visit http://www.bju.edu/events/fine-arts/student-plays.php
THE CHILDREN’S HOUR — USC Upstate Shoestring Players
This ground-breaking play by Lillian Hellman is set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women’s careers, relationships and lives. Directed by Jimm Cox. “The Children’s Hour” runs February 25-28, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at USC Upstate Performing Arts Center, 800 University Way in Spartanburg. For tickets, call (864) 503-5695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org