Fennelly: Cool off inside area theaters this summer

June 27, 2014 

There’s just something about a hot summer’s evening and a cool theater that brings out the crowds, oftentimes folks who seldom attend live theater. Well, chill out: Coming in July are some shows guaranteed to pack our local playhouses.

Leading off July 11 is Theatre Macon with the iconic “Les Miserables” -- called by some “the most popular musical in the world” -- at Macon’s Grand Opera House. The crowd at the Macon Arts Alliance’s “Arts Advocacy Breakfast” got a peek at some of the talent in this show. If you’re looking for some summertime reading, tackle the Victor Hugo novel that inspired the musical.

While Hugo may bring tears to your eyes, also opening July 11 is “Hotbed Hotel” at Warner Robins Little Theatre. Even if you’ve never frequented this sort of hostelry, you can guess that good times are likely to lie ahead. Or is it “lay”?

The following weekend, Macon Little Theatre’s musical will open its new season. “The Wedding Singer,” directed by local favorites Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss, tells of the romantic woes of a rock-star.

Those in search of something with a bit of gravitas should note that celebrated Atlanta actor Tom Key is doing his one-man show “C.S. Lewis on Stage” at the Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta through Sunday. Also working to lure us north in July are “The Taming of the Shrew” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern, while the Georgia Shakespeare Festival is presenting “As You Like It,” followed by the British comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors” at Oglethorpe University.

Lucky folks planning a trip to New York this summer may want to note that Atlanta’s Kenny Leon, who recently brought home a Tony Award for “A Raisin in the Sun,” is currently directing “Hollar If Ya Hear Me,” also on Broadway. In Atlanta, we can see Leon’s work at his True Colors Theatre Company.

Hot enough?

The opening exhibition at the Macon Arts Alliance gallery July 11 is “Catherine Liles: Recent Works.” With the recent high temperatures, the Middle Georgia Art Association gallery is right on time with “Dog Days of Summer,” opening July 18. By the way, the second session of MGAA’s Summer Art Camp (grades three to six) is set to run July 14-18.

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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