Commentary
8:14 am
Mon November 11, 2013

At Play: Of Politics And Fairy Tales

Southwestern College in Winfield, presents The Lion In Winter November 14-17. The 1966 play by James Goldman examines the personal and political conflicts of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, during Christmas 1183. The play was adapted for screen in 1968 with a cast that included Peter O' Toole, Katharine Hepburn, and Anthony Hopkins in his film debut.

McPherson College presents Stephen Sondheim's Into The Woods November 15 and 16. The musical features characters from the classic children's stories Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Cinderella, and Rapunzel and is recommended for mature audiences.

You can see All Hands On Deck at the Hutchison Fox Theatre on November 16. Based on Bob Hope's 1940s USO tours to the troops in the fields, All Hands On Deck features four multi-talented performers and a live orchestra. The production recalls the days of road shows, war-bond drives, and live radio broadcasts.

Finally, Wichita Center For The Arts presents Two Gentlemen of Verona: The College Years. Wichita dramatists Dr. Phil Speary and Gary Ewing transport Shakespeare’s raucous comedy from Renaissance Italy to a Midwestern college campus in the 1960s. Set to a high-energy rock ‘n’ roll beat, this nostalgic and hilarious romp combines the storytelling prowess of the Bard with Animal House-style hijinks and original music that harkens to a time when Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley were all the rage.