Las Vegas Spotlight: November 2007
Las Vegas Little Theatre invites you to go down the Rabbit Hole (November 2-18) this month, with their mainstage production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play about a husband and wife struggling to deal with a terrible family tragedy. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole is a dramatic departure from Lindsay-Abaire's more kooky works like Fuddy Meers and Kimberly Akimbo, but, as with all his plays, this one is also full of humor and warmth.
UNLV takes on the Golden Age classic Fiddler on the Roof (November 23 - December 9), playing at the Judy Bayley Theatre. Based on the stories of Sholem Alecheim, Fiddler is about Tevye, a poor Russian Jew who struggles to accept the changing world as his daughters are being married off one by one. The Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick score includes musical theater standards like "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," and "Sunrise, Sunset."
Also at UNLV in November is Ruth and August's Goetz's play The Heiress (November 9-18), taking place in the Black Box Theatre as a part of the Theatre Department's Second Season. Based on the Henry James novel Washington Square, The Heiress is about a young woman who falls in love with a man who may only be marrying her for her inheritance.
At the College of Southern Nevada, the Department of Fine Arts will be presenting a double bill by playwright Karen Hartman, Gum and The Mother of Modern Censorship (November 9-18). Set in an unspecified Islamic fundamentalist country, both one-acts examine oppression from different sides. In the more serious Gum, two sisters grapple with desires that their culture frowns on, while the satirical Mother of Modern Censorship centers around the woman who holds the title of Chief Music Censor for the country. Directed by Sarah O'Connell, the plays will be performed at the BackStage Theatre.
Test Market's annual Samuel Beckett Festival (November 21-December 15) has grown a lot since its first modest outing five years ago, when it included only one full-length play and a couple shorts. A number of local theater companies are getting in on the action this year, including Insurgo Theater Movement, Cockroach Theatre, and LVLT. The festival will include productions of Beckett's Happy Days and Act Without Words, as well as Jayme McGhan's The Methuselah Tree, Neil Labute's Autobahn, and John Patrick Shanley's The Dreamer Examines His Pillow. You can bask in all the Beckett and company that you can handle by getting a $120 festival pass -- the same price as just one ticket to a Broadway show!