Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Civic Theatre's Offerings Take Trip through Time

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Civic Theatre's Offerings Take Trip through Time

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Evansville Civic Theatre's next season reflects the troupe's past and showcases its present players with an eye to its future, says Chris Tyner. Civic's 89th season of community theater will reprise some favorite shows from previous seasons, but with a fresh twist, says Tyner, the company's managing artistic director.

The subscription season will feature one musical last presented here in 1974, another staged at Civic in 1982, a role-reversing version of a comedy staged at Civic in 1981, a wacky wake of a play presented in 1994 and a novel adaptation from an American classic that came out the year the community theater company was born.

The season will open with a new turn on a familiar favorite: Neil Simon's own gender-reversing revision of his classic comedy "The Odd Couple," which played in 1981. This version, however, replaces Felix and Oscar with Florence and Olive as divorced friends whose styles and sensibilities clash after they agree to share Olive's apartment. "The Odd Couple (the Female Version)" will play weekends Sept. 12 through 28.

Next comes "Cabaret," John Kander and Fred Ebb's kinky, bittersweet musical about the unlikely relationship between a British academic and a cabaret performer in 1930s Berlin. The show, last staged at Civic Theatre in 1974, will play weekends Nov. 7 through 23.

Young players in Civic Theatre's NextWave educational program will perform featured roles in "West Side Story," Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim's mid-20th century, urban New York musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." It takes the season into 2015, playing weekends Jan. 16 to 25. This comes 32 years after its last Civic staging in 1982, featuring David Eisler, an Evansville native who went on to appear on Broadway and with some of the major opera companies in the country.

"The Great Gatsby" has never played at Civic Theatre before, but F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel came out in 1925, the year The People's Players, the group from which the Civic Theatre developed, staged its first show at the Old Central High School Auditorium. …

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