Winner of the San Antonio Current readers' poll for Best Local Theater Company of 2011, The Overtime Theater produces innovative original plays and musicals as well as spirited adaptations of old classics. Like the birth of a Qinling panda, each Overtime production has never been seen before onstage, nourishing theatergoers with the freshly crafted stage fare of passionate playwrights. Use today’s deal to treat a friend or special dog groomer to the poignant political comedy of Ugly People (August 19–September 17), the existential drama of Life, or a Reasonable Approximation Thereof (July 8–August 6), or the smooth jazz and blues of DOA: A Noir Musical (September 30–October 29), a creative adaptation of the 1950 film classic.
Lerner and Loewe’s six-time Tony Award–winning Broadway musical My Fair Lady adapts George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion into the tale of snooty phonetics professor Henry Higgins, who makes a wager that he can transform cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into an upstanding member of high society. As Higgins comically struggles to supplant Eliza’s chimney-sweep accent and guttural demeanor for fancy savoir-faire, a romance unfolds proving that love conquers all forms of enunciation. Audiences waltz with their armrests as classic show tunes such as “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “On the Street Where You Live” stake their claim in memory banks for future shower serenades.
The finale concert for the symphony's 70th season boasts a rich performance of Beethoven's brief and powerful Overture to Egmont Op. 84, before the esteemed Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg takes to the stage. Backed by the San Antonio Symphony, the spirited violin virtuoso will tackle Bruch's grandiose Violin Concerto, bringing her legendary passion to the concerto's seductive first movement, her tender bowing touch to the sweet melodies of the second, and her unrestrained energy to the score's fiery conclusion. After a brief intermission, the Symphony will personally pamper audience members' ears with a performance of Elgar's Symphony no. 1, a sweeping, cinematic work of robust orchestration and exquisite beauty.
A leading figure in both classical and klezmer music, clarinetist David Krakauer wows audiences around the globe with perfectly pitched displays of melodic mastery. Through a deft combination of traditional knowledge and stylistic innovation, Krakauer and his four-musician ensemble take listeners on an exploration over the klezmer horizon. Klezmer is a traditional Eastern European Jewish musical style that incorporates instruments such as the fiddle and accordion, and is currently experiencing a renaissance among contemporary musicians. Presented in the Barshop Center's Holzman Auditorium, the concert will provide ticketholders of all ages with a toe-tapping cultural experience, and give bored ears a break from their nonstop diet of Gregorian chants.
Anya Grokhovski has always surrounded herself with music. The daughter of a violinist in the Moscow Philharmonic as well as a doctorate-holding piano performer in her own right, she came to San Antonio to work in UTSA's music department. She brought the music she loved with her—she founded Musical Bridges Around the World to present unique sonic offerings in the city.
Now, more than a decade later, MBAW brings some of the world's finest performers to San Antonio stages. Their concerts and shows ring out in McAllister Auditorium, the 18th-century Cathedral of San Fernando, and in the ears of anyone who truly believes.
For eight years running, The Company Theatre's B. Iden Payne award-winning actor J. Damian Gillen has been rallying seasonal spirits throughout Texas with his 60-minute one-man productions of Charles Dickens's beloved A Christmas Carol. Audience members can bring a blanket and find a spot among the 600 seats of the Arneson River Theatre on the historical San Antonio Riverwalk, where breathtaking holiday displays and glimmering lights will stoke festive feelings before the curtain rises. The talented thespian takes the stage as the tale's full range of characters, transmogrifying from Scrooge to Bob Crochet to Tiny Tim with biology-baffling ease. Costume changes and special effects add to the plausibility of Scrooge's heartwarming transformation, which will tug at the audience's heartstrings, then pull them out and knit them into a Christmas sweater. The December 17 performance is one of 30 shows in a 30-day tour of local venues and private functions throughout Texas.