Commentary
10:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: Feb 18 - March 3

Photo of Oscar Wilde taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony.
Photo of Oscar Wilde taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Friends University presents Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The production opens February 21 and closes February 24.

The Stiefel Theatre in Salina will present the children’s play Skippyjon Jones on February 27. Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones is a musical about unleashing the power of your imagination and pursuing your dreams. The show is recommended for children from kindergarten to fourth grade.

The Empire House Theatre at Old Cowtown Museum is active in the coming weeks with a presentation of A Penny Saved February 21-23. Part of Doc MacDougal’s Miraculous Melodramas series. Theatre goers are invited to laugh out loud, boo and hiss at the villain and cheer along with the hero in this wild combination of jokes, music , and even a little bit of Shakespeare.

And also at The Empire House Theatre on March 2, it’s the Pretty Things Peepshow direct from Coney Island. The Pretty Things Peepshow boasts a repertoire that includes sword swallowing, fire eating, juggling, whip cracking, and burlesque performers. The show is intended for mature audiences of 16 years and older.

Finally, Newman University’s theatre department presents Oscar Wilde’s dark comedy, A Woman of No Importance. The play was written and first performed in London in 1893. Like several of Wilde’s works, it takes a comic and critical look at English upper class society of the era. It has been reproduced on stages across Europe and North America over the past 120 years, and has been adapted for movies and television.