Posts Tagged ‘plays’

Dunces in a Confederacy Against Him

One of my absolute all-time favorite books is A Confederacy of Dunces. I laugh aloud at Ignatius. It’s an amazing thing to me for a book to actually make someone laugh aloud, to the point of eye rolling by others in the room. (Which may or may not have happened repeatedly the last time I read it). For those who haven’t read it, the book is a first novel, written by John Kennedy Toole and published posthumously, about a great blasphemous child-man who knows that he is simply too smart for his own good, but isn’t really. Him and his momma, and a seedy bar, and a pants factory. And it’s set in New Orleans, in the 60’s, with characters that are despicable and pitiful or conniving and hilarious, or all four.

I was thrilled to see that a stage adaptation of Confederacy is running right now at um, Theatrical Outfit, a group that I’m ashamed to say I had never heard of.  Even though they have been on Luckie Street in downtown since 2004, and has been running since 1974. Information on the show is here – warning, video automatically starts streaming, and CL review is here.  They’ve extended their run to September 12th. I plan on attending that last weekend – has anyone seen the show? Planning on it?

You Too Can Be An Alliance Reviewer

As a red-blooded, card-carrying Alliance Theatre subscriber, I can tell you that this year’s season – coincidentally the Theatre’s 40th season – is going to be a real treat. Two August Wilson plays (Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean), a gospel version of Jesus Christ Superstar featuring Atlanta choirs, a Second City created improv/sketch comedy piece and a live-action version of Andre Benjamin’s Class of 3000, the Alliance is bringing it to the arts community in Atlanta. And now, you can be a part of that by competing to become an Alliance Reviewer for the Alliance Theatre 2008-09 Season blog!

Simply submit a one-page essay on “Why Great Theatre Matters to Atlanta” and e-mail or snail mail it to the Alliance by Monday, June 16 for consideration. Five reviewers will be selected and notified by the end of June, and will get to attend not just all the Alliance and Hertz Stage shows, but also get free tickets for an additional showing!

Of course, I would’ve found out about this after I got my subscriber package, but if you’re a subscriber also, that doesn’t rule you out. Hurry up and submit!

Be an Alliance Reviewer for the 2008-09 Season! [link]

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