Las Vegas Spotlight: May 2008
A Cher Thing
Nevada Conservatory Theatre raises Doubt (May 2-11) at the Judy Bayley Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by John Patrick Shanley, subtitled "a parable," is set in a Bronx parochial school in the 1960s. Ostensibly, Shanley's masterful 90-minute drama examines sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, but more deeply the play is a study of suspicion and doubt.
If you're looking to get merry in May, check out the improv trio The Usual Suspects, performing for two nights only (May 2 & 16) at the College of Southern Nevada's BackStage Theatre. The three-man troupe -- Finley Bolton, Jeff Granstrom, and Rick Ginn -- perform an all-original show each night, doing improvised comedy based on the audience's suggestions. For a more regular laugh fix, there's The Shecky Eichman Show over at the Onyx Theatre every Friday night. The Tel Aviv-based comedian presents an irreverent blend of talk show, comedy, and experimental theater.
Due to popular demand, Cannibal! the Musical (May 16-June 7) is coming back for seconds. Directed by John Beane and produced by the Insurgo Theater Movement (recently dubbed Best Artistic Risk-Takers 2008 by City Life), Cannibal! is South Park co-creator Trey Parker's darkly funny take on the true story of convicted cannibal Alfred Packer.
It may be too early for your summer holiday, but you've still got a few more chances to go on Betty's Summer Vacation, playing through May 3 at the Onyx Theatre. This twisted Obie-winning Christopher Durang play, produced by Off-Strip Productions, offers a satirical look at sex, death, and celebrity.