Over the past quarter-century, the Tennessee Repertory Theatre has grown into the benchmark of live local theatera standard that other companies measure themselves by (and sometimes react against). For its 25th anniversary season, The Rep has lined up as close to a season of sure things as the stage offers anymore, from revivals of Steel Magnolias and Proof to a new stage adaptation of A Christmas Story and a new mounting of Roger Millers Big River. To celebrate its anniversary, and entice viewers for the coming season, The Rep offers staged readings from the featured plays performed by a stellar ensemble: Shane Bridges, Brooke Bryant, Ruth Cordell, Anna Felix, Henry Haggard, Mary Jane Harvill, Denice Hicks, Andy Kanies, Bakari King, Eric D. Pasto-Cosby, Carrie Tillis, Peter Vann, Patrick Waller, Samuel Whited, David Wilkerson and Bobby Wyckoff. Therell be hors doeuvres and a cash bardoes this count as dinner theater? Tickets are $25, available from tennesseerep.org or by calling 244-4878.
Wed., July 29, 6-8 p.m., 2009