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Openings for the weekend of 4/21

Carmel Community Players opens the musical Blood Brothers

Mrs. Johnstone is working as a cleaner for Mrs. Lyons when she becomes pregnant with twins. The financial burden of two children is too much for her, and Mrs. Lyons is longing for a child of her own, so Mrs. Johnstome keeps Mickey and gives the other boy, Edward, to Mrs. Lyons. Though the blood brothers are never told they are related and others try their best to keep them apart, their paths do cross later in life and all hell breaks loose.

Phoenix Theatre opens The Open Hand

“The Open Hand” at the Phoenix Theatre. Photo by Joe Konz

Allison does not accept gifts. Not even on her birthday. Not even from her fiancé. But when she finds herself without a wallet and unable to pay for a rather expensive lunch, she is forced to accept a stranger’s generosity. With quirky storytelling and eccentric characters, this dark, urban comedy follows Allison as she goes to bizarre lengths to repay his kindness.


  • April 20-May 14, Thursdays at 7 p.m. ($27), Fridays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($33), andn Sundays at 2 p.m. ($27)
  • CHEAPSEATS WEEKEND April 20-23. 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 April 21. 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 April 30. 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.

NoExit Performance and Zach Rosing Productions opens Mad Mad Hercules by Bennett Ayres

“Mad Mad Hercules” at NoExit. Photo by Zach Rosing

Get ready for a raucous, raunchy, Rated-R ride through Greek mythology’s most famous Hero tale! Though, this hero isn’t exactly the guy you remember. Directed by Zack Neiditch from a new original script by local playwright Bennett Ayres, Mad Mad Hercules is a raucous, raunchy, Rated-R ride through Greek mythology’s most famous Hero tale. Though, this hero isn’t exactly the guy you remember. Join Hercules and his companion Iolaos as they battle all the monsters Greece has to throw, if only they could stop battling each other …

Mud Creek Players opens Picasso at the Lapin Agile

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at Mud Creek Players. Photo by Colman Love Photography

The play features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile (French: “Nimble Rabbit”) in Montmartre, Paris. It is set on October 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of disclosing amazing ideas (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” in 1907). At the Lapin Agile, they have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent, while interacting with a host of other characters.

Khaos Company Theatre opens Lunacy, A Play Play for our Times

“Lunacy: A Play for Our Times” at Khaos Company Theatre

Last year’s winning play of the 2016 Dionysia New Play Competio by Joe Reese. Zeus and Diana come to our modern world to explore the dating scene.




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