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Macon theater scene really sets the stage

Chomoya Faulks and the cast of Theatre Macon’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” rehearse the show.
Chomoya Faulks and the cast of Theatre Macon’s production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” rehearse the show. FOR THE TELEGRAPH

Is Macon a phenomenal place to live or what? I’d bet my favorite hairpiece that there’s not another city this size anywhere that has four main stage shows running this weekend. I know it’s hard to believe, but the Summer Theatre Festival is just part of what’s going on before the month’s end.

Currently, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is at Theatre Macon on Cherry Street (through July 16), while opening Thursday night at Mercer University’s Tattnall Square Center for the Arts was “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged.)”

If you ever wondered why you took a Shakespeare survey course back in college, you’ll find out. A snippet from each of the Bard’s works is included in this frenetic comedy. It’s a hoot whether you know any Shakespeare or not — 37 plays and umpteen sonnets in less than two hours.

The final play in the festival is “42nd St.,” and, appropriately, this popular musical will be presented at the Grand Opera House.

If these three downtown productions are not enough to keep you busy, Macon Little Theatre is opening “The Addams Family” tonight, with Sylvia Haynie and Laura Voss directing.

Plus, on Sunday the Macon Film Guild will honor Camp Bacon at the 2 p.m. showing of “Marguerite” (also showing at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the Douglass Theatre. As for the dedicated Bacon, the mayor and council ought to, at the minimum, name a bridge after this tireless worker.

Coming up at the end of the month is the Bragg Jam Music and Arts Festival (following the four-day Macon Film Festival), but well before that, this weekend’s Second Sunday Concert is also being sponsored by the Bragg Jam folk, as will be the Oct. 27 concert featuring Robert McDuffie, Mike Mills and the Wordless Music Orchestra in Mills’ “Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra.”

It keeps on coming

The eyes of the world have been on the Tubman Museum lately, not merely because of its spectacular new facility but because of the decision by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that Harriet Tubman will appear on the new $20 bill.

The museum, the largest of its kind, is currently engaged in a fund drive to acquire the life-sized statue of Tubman by sculptor Fred Ajanogha.

Tonight’s opening reception for the Timothy Hedden exhibition will be an excellent time to visit the Tubman and make a donation in honor of the “Black Moses.”

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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