Fennelly: Theater events heat up February

February 7, 2014 

The Macon Arts Alliance’s symposium last week (almost snowed out!) about local theater was predicated on the notion that the stage flourishes in our region, and there’s no better time of the year to experience this abundance than February.

While Macon native Grey Henson and “The Book of Mormon” are running through Sunday at the Fox Theatre, opening Friday night at Macon Little Theatre is “Our Town,” arguably one of the all-time great plays. While it’s often selected as a high school production, in truth, its soul-searing look at the human condition makes it equally appropriate for even the most senior individuals.

Also opening Friday night is “A Bench in the Sun” at the Backlot Players in Forsyth, running through Feb. 16. Next weekend, these two will be joined by the comedy “Little Old Ladies in Tennis Shoes” at Warner Robins Little Theatre and, at Theatre Macon, Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man,” a look at American presidential politics.

If that’s not enough, the local colleges leap into the act Feb. 13, with Mercer University presenting “Picasso at the Lapile Agile” and Middle Georgia State College doing “Rabbit Hole.” According to director Sidney Chalfa, “Rabbit Hole” will be presented at both the Macon and Cochran campuses.

Meanwhile, the Grand Opera House will be hosting two productions this month: “Charlotte’s Webb” for school groups and “Man of LaMancha” in the Broadway Series.

Much, much more

There’s a load of other attractive options on the calendar, including the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of “Rusalka” at the Douglass Theatre on Saturday and the Macon Film Guild presenting “The Broken Circle Breakdown” there on Sunday. Plus, the College Town Film Series is running Thursday nights this month.

For First Friday, the Contemporary Arts Exchange will host an exhibition of artwork by artists working in Georgia’s film and television industry. Come Feb. 15, Little Carnegie of the South will host mezzo-soprano Nadine Cheek, pianist Chenny Gann, the Wesleyannes and students from the Wesleyan College art department.

Bucket list

Always wanted to visit the Holy Land? The captivating film “Jerusalem,” now playing at Fernbank Natural History Museum in Atlanta through April 3, is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch. Is it worth the drive? Well, let’s just say that I’ve seen it twice.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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