Cofounded in 1988 by master puppeteer Allie Scollon and her son, John, the Columbia Marionette Theatre showcases the string-pulling artistry of its puppeteers both on its home stage and at shows across South Carolina. Expressive puppets crafted for each show breathe new life into classic fairy tales and educational programs, including shows about littering, going to the dentist, and a combo show about not discarding your old teeth in the park fountain.
An uplifting and profound dramedy, Harvey tells the story of Elwood P. Dowd and the play’s namesake, his invisible long-eared ally. With forthright congeniality, Elwood shares Harvey with the world, but the world balks and ships him to a sanitarium, though not without some chuckle-inducing mix-ups along the way. Reunite with old, intangible friends in the comfy confines of the oldest continuously used theater building in the United States to reminisce on the various and innumerable shades of companionship.
The Workshop Theatre of South Carolina keeps theater-goers guessing with its rousing rendition of Victor/Victoria. A musical romp based on the 1982 movie starring Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria follows the fate of a woman posing as a female impersonator in 1930s Paris.
Before Bell Biv DeVoe warned that girl was “Poison,” Johnny Gill “Just Got Paid,” Ralph Tresvant boasted his “Sensitivity,” and Bobby Brown declared it was “My Prerogative,” all six new jack swingers strutted across stages as teen sensation New Edition. Fully reunited and dressed to the nines, the soulful sextet packs the stage with decades of accumulated Top 10 classics and smooth dance moves. The nearly two-hour set spans the group’s entire career, from falsetto-laden classics such as “Candy Girl” and “Cool It Now,” to later hits such as “If It Isn’t Love,” all mixed with stacks of tracks from their successful solo careers. This tour finds them putting on a show that's "loose, fast-paced, high-spirited, loaded with hits and personality, and thoroughly entertaining," according to NJ.com's review of a recent concert, bringing to life a catalog of songs that stick to ears like honeycomb earmuffs.
In its century of existence, University of Colorado at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall has offered its stage to performers and lecturers by the likes of Dr. Jane Goodall, the Dalai Lama, and Eddie Izzard. The neo-Gothic-style venue impresses eyes with its complex sculpted patterns and honeycombed relief designs that embellish the entire ivory-hued interior. Stained-glass windows usher sunlight into the detailed crevices of the auditorium, where even the seats are etched with complex engravings and adorned with 19th-century chewing gum on their undersides.