On Friday, Sept. 13, three of Tacoma’s most popular theaters launch their new season of stage plays.
Lakewood Playhouse: “Biloxi Blues”
As the opening show of its 81st season, Lakewood Playhouse will stage its premiere of “Biloxi Blues,” the sequel to last year’s hit “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and the second part of Neil Simon’s autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy.”
This installment sees Simon’s alter ego, Eugene Morris Jerome, sent to Boot Camp in Biloxi, Miss. during the early years of World War II. When we last met Eugene, he was coping with adolescence in 1930’s Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital “L,” along with some harsher lessons, at boot camp.
Presented in Lakewood Playhouse’s thrust configuration with seating facing the stage as well on both of its sides, this production of “Biloxi Blues” will drop you right into the middle of the story.
The play will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Performances will be Sept. 13 through Oct. 6, with two special “pay what you can” showings at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and 19. Visit www.LakewoodPlayhouse.org.
Tacoma Little Theatre: “Calendar Girls”
Tacoma Little Theatre begins its 101st season, “A Season of Firsts,” with the funny, sincere, and just a wee bit naughty, “Calendar Girls.” This production is directed by Vicki Webb and will be a TLT premiere.
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sitting area in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute (WI) members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
“Calendar Girls” will run Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 29. Friday and Saturday showings are at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. “Calendar Girls” is recommended for ages 12 and up.
Find ticket information and more at www.TacomaLittleTheatre.com.
Tacoma Musical Playhouse: “The Addams Family”
Tacoma Musical Playhouse (TMP) announces its first musical of the 2019-2020 Season, TMP’s national and international award-winning “The Addams Family.” This magnificently macabre musical comedy is “a visually satisfying rib-tickling, lunatic musical that will entertain you to death!” (Toronto Press).
“The Addams Family” is known from TV, film, and comics. The musical is based on cartoon characters created by Charles Addams in the 1930’s and features in the 1960’s television show and 1991 movie.
The Addams Family musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.
“The Addams Family” plays from Sept. 13 to Oct. 6. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. and special afternoon performances on Saturdays, Sept. 28 and Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. Visit www.tmp.org for tickets and more info.