Las Vegas Spotlight: March 2008
Grin and Cher It
Congratulations to the Las Vegas Little Theatre, which is picking up the Governor's Arts Award for Leadership in the Arts this month. It's no wonder that the company is receiving Nevada's highest arts honor, considering it has managed to present great theater for 30 years now. One of the pleasures of examining LVLT's schedule every season is seeing the diversity of work it offers up. While classics and broad-appeal plays and musicals are often found on the mainstage, the Fischer Black Box offers edgier fare. Look no further than its latest production, Jeff Goode's Poona the Fuck Dog, and other Children's Stories (March 21-30), a deliriously silly, smart, and satirical play that is most decidedly not for children.
The final installment of Nevada Conservatory Theatre's "Second Season" is Laura V. Turner's Take Me to Monaco (UNLV Black Box Theatre, March 6-9). The play is about a woman who, unhappy with her own life, takes it out on her daughter by sabotaging her wedding, taking hostages, and demanding a trip to Monaco.
The Department of Fine Arts at the College of Southern Nevada is presenting The Hairy Ape (February 29-March 9) in the BackStage Theatre. This expressionist play by Eugene O'Neill was first produced in 1922 by the Provincetown Players, later transferred to Broadway, and has subsequently enjoyed lauded revivals and a film version. The tragic story concerns a working class man named Yank who struggles to find a place where he belongs.