New Times / Art
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 27, Issue 35
Ah, the emerald isle!
By ANNA WELTNER
Espressivo! Chamber Theater—a traveling, singing theater company based on the Central Coast—returns with Irish Tales & Tunes, a dramatic reading of two Irish folktales, replete with giants, fairies, and corpses. The show, which mixes storytelling with song, kicked off with a gala opening on St. Patrick’s Day. Ever since its founding by theater veterans D.A. Hance and Devin Wallace, Espressivo! has been a rather rootless company, traveling from venue to venue throughout the county, but it’s found a home base, for the moment, at Alegria Wine and Ware at 942 Chorro St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. Remaining performances of Irish Tales & Tunes are Thursday, March 28; Sunday, March 31; and Friday, April 5. All shows start at 7 p.m. and run approximately 75 minutes.
“Finn McCool and the Legend of Knockmany” and “Teig O’Kane and the Corpse,” two short stories adapted by Hance from W. B. Yeats’ Irish Fairy & Folk Tales, will be read, accompanied by six musical selections, ranging from Irish traditionals to musical adaptations and originals written by Espressivo! co-founder Wallace. The cast also includes Jill Turnbow, Christine Hance, and Robin Kirk Wolf. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, visit espressivotheatre.com.
Hit The Spot!
Got a hankering for more theater? At Arroyo Grande’s The Spot, Tuesdays with Morrie—a play based on the life of Mitch Albom, opens Friday, March 29. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Albom himself, Tuesdays with Morrie follows Mitch, an accomplished journalist, and his former college professor, Morrie Schwarz. Sixteen years after graduating college, Mitch sees his old professor on TV and learns he has Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch pays Morrie a visit, and another visit, which, according to press materials, “turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.”
Directed by The Spot owner/artistic director Jake Liam McGuire, Tuesdays with Morrie stars Kirk Scott and Darren Doran. The play runs March 29 through April 14. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $20; students and seniors pay $15. The Spot is at 116 W. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande. For more information, visit thespotag.com or call 474-5711.
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