This week Franklin's Boiler Room Theatre did a striptease rollout of its "Lucky 13" 2013 season, announcing one title at a time via Facebook and Twitter. Who has patience for that sort of foreplay? Above, we've posted the entire schedule, a mix of musical blockbusters (Mel Brooks' The Producers), lacerating drama (Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and boisterous comedy (Michael Frayn's peerless backstage farce Noises Off, actor Jeff Daniels' Yooper hunting yarn Escanaba in da Moonlight).
Of special note are a vastly different pair of musicals derived from Billy Wilder films. One is a rare local production of the inventive Adam Guettel-Tina Landau musical Floyd Collins, based on the true story of the Kentucky miner whose ordeal trapped underground became a media circus (and inspired Wilder's hardboiled drama Ace in the Hole). The other is Promises, Promises, a 1968 reworking of Wilder's The Apartment with a book by Neil Simon and a score by the composer-lyricist team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, recently revived to acclaim on Broadway.
Housed in The Factory at Franklin, Boiler Room's current show is Steel Magnolias, running through Sept. 8. Click here for more information.