Friday, August 03, 2012


In the natural world, seeds planted in the spring time come to fruition for harvest in the fall. In the Richmond theater world, the timing seems shifted a bit: the dog-days of August are when all sorts of intriguing new projects seem to bear fruit.

TheatreLab had the world premiere of their production, “Trojans” earlier this week and it sounds like it’s a perfect pairing with the other production running at the Firehouse right now, “The Rocky Horror Show.” How can you not be intrigued by a show that seems to referring to both ancient Greeks and modern-day contraception? Only two more performances, next Monday and Tuesday.

Even as I write this, the ambitious youngsters at Full Circle Theatre Company are poised to open “From Up Here,” a family drama being given a vital staging by this group of SPARC graduates. FCTC has been very successful at grabbing some good press, with this article in the T-D and a stint on Virginia This Morning. I’ve been hearing about this production for a while and can’t wait to see what has come from all of the hard work that’s gone into it.

And finally, it’s only a week from the opening of “Joe Jackson’s Night and Day,” the world premiere musical montage being developed by Andrew Hamm. In a rare diversion outside his usual all-reviews slate, John Porter recently interviewed the Mr. Hamm and his right-hand woman on the project, Stacie Reardon Hall, for his blog. I’m a long-time fan of Joe Jackson (back to the “Look Sharp!” days) and will be very interested to see how Mr. Hamm has molded Jackson’s songs into a coherent story.

In case you missed it, two of the cast members from “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” showed up on Virginia This Morning as well this past week, and Style’s Rich Griset posted a very laudatory review in this week’s Style.

I know I’ve been a little scattergun on ye ole blog lately but that should change soon. I’ve got all sorts of fun things related to the RTCC awards to talk about in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

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