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Openings for the weekend of March 17

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“Shakespeare (Abridged)” at Civic Theatre

Civic Theatre opens The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). See 37 plays in 97 minutes! This much-produced, fast-paced, gag-a-second delight deconstructs all 37 of the Bard’s plays — plus the sonnets. Civic Theatre will perform this play in the Studio Theater, a first for Civic. The Studio Theater is a 200-seat, black box theater, just across the lobby from the Tarkington.

  • March 17 – April 1
  • Thursday, Friday, & Saturday @ 7pm
  • Sunday @ 2pm
  • Final Saturday @ 5pm
  • Student Matinees: Tuesdays & Wednesdays @ 10am
  • $35.50; student/senior $24.50
  • Contains some mature, PG-rated material. Shakespearean text contains humor, political intrigue, violence and sexual references. It is bawdy and sophomoric at times, but not profane.

Phoenix Theater opens Sex with Strangers. Ethan and Olivia are strangers staying in a remote bed-and-breakfast, looking for some inspiration for their respective writing: Olivia is working on a novel she refuses to share, and Ethan is working on the screenplay for his bestselling book, Sex with Strangers. The two inexplicably connect and, well, you can guess where that leads. As their connection grows, so does Olivia’s hope for the future of her career…But will the weight of Ethan’s past cripple their relationship? And how will he cope when she earns the success and respect that he’s always dreamed of? Sex with Strangers is an honest and witty look at how love and work mix — or don’t.

  • CheapSeats weekend March 16- 19: All tickets for this show will be only $20 on opening weekend.  This special sale price is made possible thanks to the generosity of Frank and Katrina Basile.
  • Producer Party March 17:  After the performance on Friday of opening weekend, the Phoenix will host a Producer Party. Food and Sun King beer will be provided.
  • Second Sunday: The Second Sunday discussion will take place immediately following the performance.  Come join cast and designers for a lively Q&A and gain a unique perspective of the show!
  • Thursday, 7 p.m. $27
  • Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. $33
  • Sunday, 2 p.m. $27

Garfield Shakespeare Company opens  Julius Caesar. Prompted by fear, a host of Roman senators conspire to kill Julius Caesar before he can name himself dictator and lord over the common people. Cassius whispers falsehoods into the impressionable ears of Brutus, whose only concern is that the people of Rome will lose their voice under a single emperor. Caesar is slain on the Ides of March on the steps of the capitol. Octavius, Caesar’s nephew, and Mark Antony, Caesar’s closest friend and supporter, move to avenge the death of Rome’s great leader. Mark Antony, Octavius Caesar, and Lepidus from the triumvirate that rules Rome after Julius Caesar’s death.

  • March 17-18, 23-25th at 7:30 p.m.
  • March 19 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Garfield Park Arts Center
  • FREE ADMISSION. Seating may be limited. Call the GPAC at 317.327.7135 to make reservations.
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