12th Annual 10 Minute Play Festival at HSU, always a popular show, begins its two weekend run tonight (Thursday, April 29). Just six plays this time, but it's a veteran group of student playwrights, directors and actors--graduate student and producer Alex Gradine has been part of five annual Festivals. Photo above is Omari Howard (his third Festival), Everado Cuevas and Sarah Dwyer in A Life at the End of the Tunnel by Mackenzie Cox (her fourth), directed by Steven Robert King (at least his third.) The Festival runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 in Gist Hall Theatre this weekend and next, with a matinee this Sunday, May 2, at 2 pm.
When I stopped by Redwood Curtain’s new theatrical home at 220 First Street (between C and D) in Old Town, Eureka a couple of weeks ago, Clint Rebik and crew were busily applying paint and otherwise preparing for the opening show, and now it's here. It's the comedy Glorious! starring Lynne Wells as Florence Foster Jenkins, a singer so bad she was great. Co-directed by RC founders Rebik and Peggy Metzger, it features Bob Wells, Bonnie Halverson, Larry Pitts, Elisa Abelleira and Pamela Lyall. It opens with a preview tonight, no performance Friday but the gala opening is Saturday. Shows begin at 8. Next weekend it continues Thursdays through Saturdays until May 15. The theatre has fewer than 100 seats, so advance tickets are recommended. 443-7688, http://www.redwoodcurtain.com/.
The Dell'Arte School's first years perform their clown show, Boffo this weekend, Thursday through Saturday (April 29-May 1) at 8pm in the Carlo. Tickets are all Pay What You Can.
Mark Twain: Traveling, a one person play created and performed by Cal Pritner, comes to the Arcata Playhouse for one night only: Saturday (May 1) at 8.
Humboldt Light Opera presents the musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the CR Forum Theatre Friday at 7:30, continuing Fridays and Saturdays through May 15, with Sunday matinees at 2 on May 9 and 16. I received no advance information on this show as NC Journal theatre columnist either from HLO or the Journal. Apparently (from what I read in the paper) the show includes some celebrity ringers as spelling bee contestants. I wasn't asked for that either. I pretty much knew where I stood in North Coast celebrity terms--apart from how funny I find that idea to begin with--but when I don't get information, let alone an invitation to review, repeatedly, it kind of discourages the attempt. It certainly has discouraged this one.