Apparently because of weather-related power problems out at the Tavern, construction of the “Shirley Valentine” set has been interrupted over the past couple of weeks, leading to a postponement of opening night to Sunday afternoon. It’s the kind of schedule change that I imagine only gets made under extreme duress so I expect the folks at Barksdale are awash in reservation rescheduling madness. I’m still looking forward to the show, though it’ll probably be early-August before I can get out there.
If you were planning on going to “SV” tonight and now you’re looking for something to fill the space, there’s a very interesting sounding special event going on. Tonight down at Sycamore Rouge, bring your best Marlon Brando imitation to the “Stella!” Calling contest and fundraiser, held in anticipation of “Streetcar Named Desire” opening next week. Angie Shipley will be ensconced on the theater roof, waiting for the ultimate Stanley to call her down. Winner gets two tickets to opening night of the show. KB Saine says, “people are planning to rip off their shirts for Stella.” Doesn’t that sound like fun? If you want to warm up, there’s a link to the Brando original here (I think).
Another special event this weekend will be the concert version of “Parade,” produced by Hannah Zold and playing at the Barksdale at Willow Lawn on Sunday and Monday. More deets are here. You won’t see the impressive cast list on Barksdale’s site, which includes a large swath of the “Guys and Dolls” cast as well as many other Richmond faves. It should be an exciting event, and it’d be great if it whets people’s appetites for a full-blown production of what sounds like an amazing show.