Public play readings seem to be gaining favor. Theyre an inexpensive way to draw a crowd interested in sharing the literary experience of the drama, while prepared actors infuse the text with enough life to draw close to some semblance of an actual staging. Tennessee Repertory Theatres REPaloud is a new play-reading series focusing on contemporary works, and first up is this 2007 Tony Award-nominated piece by Douglas Carter Beane, which follows the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie actor who could hit the big timeso long as his agent can keep him in the closet and out of the tabloid headlines. Beanes timely work plays off our countrys unending obsessions with celebrity, sex and gossip; luckily, its also designed to make us laugh cathartically. Lauren Shouse directs the reading, whose strong cast features Martha Wilkinson, David Compton, Marin Miller and Patrick Waller. Admission is free to the Reps season subscribers. A minimum $5 donation is otherwise required. Reservations can be made by calling 244-4878.
Fri., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2010