Las Vegas Spotlight: November 2008
Cirque du Soleil's latest show, Believe, has just opened at the Luxor. Cirque's sixth extravaganza on the Las Vegas Strip is a vehicle for illusionist Criss Angel (best known for his TV show Mindfreak) and features a blend of mystery, magic, and Cirque-style theatrical flair. Meanwhile at the Onyx Theatre, the Insurgo Theater Movement presents Morphotic: A Kafka Story (November 6-22). Written by Shawn Hackler, the show is an adaptation of Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka's tale of a man who goes through a terrible transformation.
It's all slamming doors and silly fun on the Las Vegas Little Theatre mainstage this month, where Terrence McNally's 1975 farce The Ritz (November 7-23) is playing. Trying to escape a hit man, a nice-guy businessman from Cleveland runs for cover in a gay bathhouse and wackiness ensues. Opening the same day at UNLV is The Nevada Conservatory Theatre's production of Christopher Durang's The Marriage of Bette and Boo (November 7-16). Unfolding in a whirlwind of 33 scenes, Durang's dark comedy follows a man, his troubled marriage, and his dysfunctional family through the years.
Indiana during the time of the Dust Bowl is the setting of The Diviners (November 13-22), the first production in the Academy Theatre's "Studio Series" at the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts. Jim Leonard Jr.'s play concerns a brain-damaged young man with the ability to divine water and the wandering preacher who befriends him.