The Las Vegas Little Theatre is presenting the Tony and Pulitzer prize winning play “The Shadow Box” through Sunday, March 7. Michael Cristofer’s play, which debuted in 1975, tells the story of three people living on a hospital campus who are going through the often dehumanizing act of dieing.
Brian, one of the characters, says “most of us spend our entire lives trying to forget we’re going to die’’. However through Cristofer’s treatment of the living and the terminally ill, the audience is invited to do just that, remember we’re going to die. And instead of moral conclusions and tragic endings, The Shadow Box encourages the audience to explore the gray morality and varying emotions surrounding death.
The topic may seem too somber for a Sunday night out, yet we ask you to consider that for 30 years, critics have recognized this work for its insight and humor in dealing with what remains a highly controversial subject.
Tickets may be purchased at www.lvlt.org or call 702-362-7996.
Insurgo’s No Shame Theatre in Las Vegas may just be the ticket you’re looking for to show you can write plays that people will flock to see.
No Shame is a longtime national movement that has finally arrived in Las Vegas. The first 15 written works arriving each week at Insurgo Theatre will be cast, rehearsed and performed- on the same night.
You can bring literally anything in to showcase- from avant-garde to music- or movement-based pieces to improvisational works, monologues and scenes.
Non-writers interested in acting can also show up and let the Insurgo staff know they’re ready to perform whatever’s thrown at them. The only rules for actors and playwrights is that you can’t hurt yourself, the audience or the space. And no breaking the law. Anything else is fair game.
No Shame Theatre on Thursdays beginning Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. $5 for both general audience and participants. Insurgo Theatre Movement, 900 E. Karen Ave., Las Vegas, 702-369-3692. www.insurgotheater.org
“Reefer Madness: The Musical” is being performed at the College of Southern Nevada’s BackStage Theater in Las Vegas through October 4.
Created by the Atlas Theatre Ensemble, the two-act, two-hour play is a raucous musical comedy that takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana. A satirical, political commentary, the play also contains adult content that may be inappropriate for younger audiences.
Inspired by the 1936 documentary film of the same name, there’s a 15-member cast and a five-piece band, performing musical numbers that range in style from Broadway to swing to Las Vegas-chorus line.
Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors. For reservations, please call the CSN Box Office at 651-5483. The theater is located in the CSN Performing Arts Center at 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas.