Fake lawyers and other bloodsuckers

First, note the word “fake.” I’m married to a lawyer, and a fine one at that. In fact, I married into a family full of them. Lawyers I can live with. Fake lawyers, not so much.

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So I was intrigued to learn about a fictional fellow named Jeremy Troy, the subject of a comedy by Jack Sharkey (please, no ‘lawyers are sharks’ jokes), coming to Hale Centre Theatre in Gilbert as part of their recently unveiled “2011 season.”

Jeremy Troy has it all. He’s about to make partner at his law firm. He’s got a beautiful wife, lovely home and plenty of spending money. But he’s got no law degree, and the jig will be up if his secret is revealed. I can’t wait to watch the man squirm when the show comes to Hale Dec 31, 2010 to Feb 12, 2011.

But he’s not the only bloodsucker coming to Gilbert next season…

Poster ala playbillstore.com

Hale presents “Little Shop of Horrors” from the Ashman/Menken pairing so popular in Disney fare (July 15-Aug 27, 2011). It’s a musical tale about “a down-and-out skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving.”

Other 2011 offerings from Hale Centre Theatre include “Hello Dolly” (Feb 17-April 2), “Man With The Pointed Toes” (Feb 22-March 29), “Never Too Late” (April 7-May 21) and “Over the River and Through the Woods” (May 27-July 9).

Bloodsucking of a different sort comes to Anthem next season with the Starlight Community Theater production of “Dracula,” the perfect show for folks needing a frequent vampire fix.

For those of you who can’t wait that long, there’s the July 30 release this year of “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight saga” based on the books by Arizona mother and author Stephanie Meyer, which presents a rare (for a reason) opportunity to encounter a “newborn vampire.”

If your tastes are more tame, you’ll be delighted to know that Starlight’s 2010-2011 season opens with “Oklahoma!” There’s nothin’

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creepy ’bout that except, perhaps, that the lead cowboy is named “Curly.”

“Oklahoma!” was the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. It’s based on a 1931 Lynn Riggs play titled “Green Grow the Lilacs” (itself based on a popular song by the same name). And it nearly inspired me to title this post “Surrey with the fangs on top.”

Starlight rounds out its 2010-2011 season with “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (based on a story by early 20th century English author C.S. Lewis, who often used Christian or morality-related themes), “Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Bye Bye Birdie” (which recently completed its first revival run on Broadway).

Thanks to Hale Centre Theatre and Starlight Community Theater, Valley families will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy classic works, new works, musicals and comedies in the coming season.

As always, read print and online editions of “On Stage”–Raising Arizona Kids’ monthly listing of theater and other live performance events—for news of family-friendly theater, music, dance and more.

Truth be told, more than a few of us at RAK count lawyers among those we love. They all have real degrees and they’re all real good people.


Another treasure from playbillstore.com

Note: Remember that this evening’s Tony Awards party at ASU Gammage has been cancelled–so stay tuned to see the ceremony on that little box that occasionally brings us beautiful things.

Coming up: More new season announcements, ASU Gammage presents “In the Heights” (winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2008)


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