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South Bend Civic Theatre 2018 Season

Tickets go on sale September 18th.

 

BOEING BOEING
by Marc Camoletti, English Translation by Beverley Cross
JAN 19-28
Wilson Auditorium

This French farce, set in the high-flying 60s,  features self-styled Parisian playboy Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris (and Bernard’s apartment) at the same time. Travel back to a time when air travel was still glamorous and the “jet set” were a notorious bunch.

“Soars right out of its time zone and into the stratosphere of classic physical comedy." - The New York Times

 

GOD OF CARNAGE
by Yazmina Reza, English Translation by Christopher Hampton
FEB 16-25
Warner Studio Theatre

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of nouveau riche Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses and the liquor flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters

"[A] streamlined anatomy of the human animal…a study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct...satisfyingly primitive entertainment." - The New York Times


IN THE HEIGHTS
Music and Lyrics By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes
MAR 09-25
Wilson Auditorium

In the Heights tells the story of the vibrant Latin American community in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood; a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

In the Heights, celebrating its 10 year anniversary, is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations.


THE NERD
by Larry Shue
MAY 04-13
Wilson Auditorium

Willum’s birthday party is about to get a jolt of excitement. Rick, a fellow ex-soldier who had saved Willum’s life in Vietnam (but who he actually never met) has decided to pop by for a visit. Delighted at first, Willum’s enthusiasm wanes when he finds out that Rick is not only socially inept, but also never plans to leave! Desperate to get him out of the house, Willum must hatch an outrageous plan to rid his life of this wacky GI who came to dinner!

"…a spring tonic of side-bruising laughter…" - The Milwaukee Tribune.


SKYLIGHT
by David Hare
JUN 08-17
Warner Studio Theatre

On a chilly night in East London, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis receives an unexpected visit from Tom Sergeant, Kyra’s one-time boss and long-time lover. Tom and Kyra grapple with each other, moving between tender passion and vicious political polemics, as the night darkens and the lines between past and present begin to blur. Skylight is a complex and remarkably timeless drama about power, politics, and passion.

"David Hare's luminously beautiful and wildly truthful Skylight is deeply and truly about people...It is a fascinating play [that] tears at the heart." - New York Post


MY FAIR LADY
Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe
JUL 13-29
Wilson Auditorium

In what is often referred to as “The Perfect Musical,” pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to improve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond. Lerner and Loewe's witty, intelligent, and elegant score is, as always, a wonder to behold.

Lerner and Loewe's witty, intelligent, and elegant score is, as always, a wonder to behold.


TOPDOG/UNDERDOG
by Suzan-Lori Parks
AUG 10-19
Warner Studio Theatre

Suzan-Lori Parks’ darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, is also an exploration of the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. 

Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize.

"The issues are gripping, the characters are dynamite…a must-see play." - BackStage


A MUSICAL YOU LOVE
SEP 07-23
Wilson Auditorium

A contractually-bound "super" secret for now. Stay tuned.


THE SECRET GARDEN
Book and Lyrics by Marsha Norman, Music by Lucy Simon
OCT 12-28
Wilson Auditorium

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved victorian classic, The Secret Garden, blossoms anew in this enchanting Pulitzer Prize-winning musical adaptation. When young Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera outbreak in India, she is sent to live with her uncle, recluse Archibald Craven. When Mary discovers her late Aunt Lily’s hidden garden, she is determined to revive the beauty that once was. Surrounded by spirits from the past, Mary begins to peel away the layers of sadness that cover the house and the garden.

"A many splendored children's fable that neither cloys or loses grip on its unique spell." - Newsday

 

AS YOU LIKE IT
by William Shakespeare
Warner Studio Theatre
NOV 09-18

Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, longing, and mistaken identity. Shakespeare’s As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature, and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering - yet utterly pleasurable - life can be.

Produced in partnership with Shakespeare at Notre Dame.

 

THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER
Book by John Reeger, Music and Lyrics by Julie Shannon
DEC 01-23
Wilson Auditorium

Based on the true story of the Rouse Simmons, a Great Lakes schooner whose captain risks life and limb to transport Christmas Trees from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Chicago's German immigrants during the late19th century.” This critically-acclaimed musical features a powerfully moving story and an exquisite score of both original music and traditional holiday favorites.

This critically-acclaimed musical features a powerfully moving story and an exquisite score.

 

A NICE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
by Phil Olson
NOV 30-DEC 15
Warner Studio Theatre

It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas - his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his recently widowed mother, his crazy uncle, his eccentric grandmother, and his battling siblings and their neurotic spouses, who provide no shortage of material. When they learn that he’s writing an article with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan.

“From the first opening lines to the surprising joyous conclusion the entire audience was in almost constant laughter!” - Los Angeles Post-Examiner


Posted on July 31, 2017 by Robert Medich