Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fools rush in

Hailey theatrical company announces season


By JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Express Staff Writer

Last year’s Company of Fools production of “The Velveteen Rabbit” was ehanced with puppetry. Here Logan Smith as the boy who loves the rabbit with Per Janson as the rabbit. Photo by Kirsten Shultz

Company of Fools announced its 17th season at an April Fools Day party last weekend, and the lineup is no joke.

Along with entertaining, the Fools pride themselves on bringing material to audiences at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey that is provocative and topical, and includes at least one family-oriented performance. This year's schedule hits all its marks.

The season begins Friday, April 6, with "An Evening With Jodie Foster," a sold out event.

Next up is "Das Barbecu" on July 4-28. The musical is described as a lightning-paced musical opera with big hair and big hats. The New York Times called the campy show "a slick, affable and perky retelling of Wagner's "Ring" cycle (or, more specifically, 'Gotterdammerung') with a Texas twang."

"The Woman in Black" will come to the stage Oct. 17-Nov. 3. Praise has been high for the story that combines the power and intensity of live theatre with cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. Audiences are promised an evening of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. The Daily Telegraph called it "the most brilliantly effective spine chiller you will ever encounter."

For the whole family there is "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" from Dec. 11-30. Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip, this updated classic recently enjoyed a successful run on Broadway.

Some of the greatest comedians today have done a tour with The Second City, Chicago's legendary comedy troupe. This is an annual sellout, and this year the two nights are Jan. 11-12.

It's easy to assume bad parenting is involved when a child acts out, but as awareness of varying learning and developmental challenges heightens, so do the stories of how others have coped. "Distracted" is the story of 8-year-old Jesse, who raps, swears and is in trouble in school—he's just too much. Seeking help, his distraught mother turns to professionals, the Internet and even well-meaning neighbors for answers. Some say the problem is attention deficit disorder, while others blame allergies. With her insightful sense of humor, award-winning playwright Lisa Loomer wrote a play that asks: Are we so tuned in to our info-rich, 24/7 world that we've tuned out the things that really matter? The show runs Feb. 13-March 2.

Along with their announcements of stage performances, the Fools announced a series of summer classes and workshops for aspiring actors of all ages and abilities.

For details on ticket packages and pricing and a full schedule of classes and workshops, visit www.companyoffools.org.




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