Tyler Civic Theatre's "The Complete Works of Shakespeare - Abridged" offers a 97-minute, funny roller coaster ride through 37 Shakespearean plays.

“This is the 'Saturday Night Live' version of Shakespeare,” Coby Archa, one of the co-directors, said.

Some of the play “feels like an improv show and some of it is. There is (also) audience participation. Don’t be scared. It’s a very active show and it’s fun,” Archa said.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Performances continue April 11 to 14 at 400 Rose Park Drive. 

Tickets can be purchased online at tylercivictheatre.com or at the theater's box office.

“This is a play for people who love Shakespeare and who hate Shakespeare that’s why it’s so great because both of those people will have fun,” said Archa who is the co-director with Sean Holiday.

In the cast and crew are Dustin Simington, Blake Rohus, Evan-Blake Winningham, Venugopd Gopalakrishra, Emmy Anderson and Maven Andrade.

Winningham has the task of giving Hamlet a comedic twist.

"Hamlet is so serious and hardcore," Winningham said. "It’s fun being able to exploit him a little bit.” 

Simington enjoys playing Polonius from "Hamlet." He said he not only loves the costumes he gets to wear but also the opportunity to “milk everything, every moment (of each scene) for all that it is worth.” 

In playing Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, Rohus has to wear what he calls an “insane Marie Antoinette wig."

Gertrude "talks like Harvey Fierstein (who is known for his role as Edna Turnblad in 'Hairspray')," Rohus said.

Simington said the audience will see different kinds of comedy.

"There’s a lot of slap stick. There’s a lot of just body humor, puns, just a different style of comedy for everybody,” Simington said.

This is a play “to get your giggles on,” Rohus added.

"The Complete Works" may “change your view of Shakespeare," Winningham said. "It is definitely looking at it from a different perspective.” 


'Finding Neverland' comes to Cowan Center Tuesday

Ruby Gibbs in a scene from the touring production of "Finding Neverland" coming to the Cowan Center. (Courtesy/Jeremy Daniel) 

The national touring company of the Broadway musical "Finding Neverland," comes to the University of Texas at Tyler's Cowan Center for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

The musical tells the story of how a widow and her four adventurous boys inspired playwright  J.M. Barrie to write "Peter Pan."

Tickets range from $37 to $77 and can be bought at cowancenter.org or by calling the venue's box office, 904-566-7424. 

Kilgore College Rangerettes to present spring Revels 

Kilgore rangerettes

Kilgore Rangerettes to present their spring show Revel beginning April 10. (Courtesy) 

Revels is the Kilgore College Rangerettes' annual spring show and includes a wide variety of dance genres including the Rangerettes' signature high kick.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in Dodson Auditorium, at Kilgore College. Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 1 p.m. April 13. 

Tickets cost $25 and all seats are reserved. To purchase tickets by phone, call the Revels Box Office at 903-983-8179.

Henderson County Performing Arts Center sets readings

The Henderson County Performing Arts Center will present a series of four staged readings.

The plays are: "Born Yesterday." "The Underpants,"  "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and  "Middle Schoolin’ It." 

The readings will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the theater, 400 Gibson Road, Athens. 

Performance dates are:

  • April 5: "Born Yesterday"
  • April 6:  "The Underpants"
  • April 7: Middle Schoolin’ It"  (2 p.m. matinee)
  • April 11: "Born Yesterday"
  • April 12: "The Underpants"
  • April 13: "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"

More information is available at hcpac.org and 903-675-3908.


"Suite Surrender," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday,  Winnsboro Center for the Arts, 200 Market St., Winnsboro. Tickets: $12. Information: winnsborocenterforthearts.com.

"The Adventures of Huck Finn," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Talent Box Theater, 244 N. Fourth 4th Street, Wills Point. Tickets: $12.50 adults; $10 seniors, students: $7 under 12. Information: thetalentbox.org or  903-560-8782

“Gilligan’s Island: The Musical,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Texas Theatre, 213 W. Crawford St., Palestine. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 children. Information: texastheater.com.


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