FENNELLY: ‘Mockingbird’ held over at Theatre Macon as ‘Baggage’ opens at Warner Robins Little Theatre

November 1, 2013 

There’s a bunch of fine theater on the schedule for the next few weeks, but first, in case you missed the glad tidings, the Theatre Macon production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” has been held over for two performances: Friday and Saturday night.

This is an important play, and the addition of the Total Praise singers is icing on the cake. Let’s make sure the word gets out: Just this week a despondent woman walked up to me wailing that she had missed “Mockingbird.” Imagine her relief when she heard the good news.

Also Friday night is the opening of “Baggage” at Warner Robins Little Theatre. This romantic comedy runs through Nov. 16. Meanwhile, entering its final weekend at Middle Georgia State College is the searing drama “Doubt,” about a priest accused of sexual misconduct.

Coming up midmonth at Mercer University’s Backdoor Theatre is “Love Kills” by French playwright and former Macon resident Vladimir Volkoff.

On top of that, the Milledgeville Players are gearing up to present the popular musical “Smoke on the Mountain,” another show with a local connection, having been conceived by Alan Bailey, a Jones County native.

A few offerings to our north also may be of interest to local theater buffs. At Atlanta’s Theatrical Outfit is Jonida Beqo, known in slam poetry circles as Gypsee Yo, with “Harabel,” a one-woman narrative of her journey from Albanian refugee to American citizen.

At the Shakespeare Tavern are two of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies. While “Othello” closes after this weekend, “King Lear” will open Nov. 9 and run until it’s time for some Charles Dickens and Victorian London.

For the film enthusiast, the Macon Film Festival is piquing our appetite for things to come with a Thursday showing of Tim Burton’s “Sleepy Hollow,” an R-rated film based on the Washington Irving tale.

Music, too

While October saw several major musical events, including most recently both the Macon Pops and the Sphinx Virtuosi, November will by no means be a musical wasteland.

Friday night at Mercer’s Fickling Hall, Monty Cole and the Mercer Jazz Ensemble will be in action, followed Tuesday by Ward Stare leading the Mercer University Orchestra. On the program for this free event are Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite 3” and Stravinski’s “Apollon Musagete.”

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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