These are the Best Bets for December 2019!
Little Women @ The Strand 12/6 – 12/22
A new and dynamic stage adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story. The Civil War is in full swing, and the March sisters — Meg, the oldest, a romantic, the spirited and tomboyish Jo, sweet and loving Beth, and irascible, playful Amy — live in Concord, Massachusetts with their Mother while their father is on the battlefield. Filled with adventure (both real and imagined), heartbreak, and a deep sense of hope, the struggle of these little women to find their own voices mirrors the growing pains of a young America. Likewise, the timeless story also provides lessons about the idea of gender and how it is not particularly inherent, but educated and performed. This concept is executed through the lens the story’s narrator, Jo, a feminist before the movement’s birth. With memorable characters, and a big-hearted message, “Little Women” has been referred to as the “mother of all girls’ books” and is an uplifting tale for the holiday season.
The Wiz @ ArtsCentric 12/7 – 1/12
The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is a joyous modern retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story reflecting contemporary African-American culture. After Dorothy gets swept up in a tornado, she finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz. There, she makes new friends, battles evil witches, and seeks the aid of the all-powerful and mysterious Wiz. Ultimately, Dorothy finds that, if you believe with all your heart, you can always find your way home. With an infectious soul score by Charles Smalls and book by William F. Brown, dynamic numbers, and endearing cast of characters, The Wiz is a joyous explosion of music, dance, magic, and heart to delight audience members of all ages.
Bare @ Iron Crow 12/6 – 12/15
Bare, the worldwide coming-of-age rock musical phenomenon, and one the most significant pieces of contemporary queer musical theatre, follows a group of high school renegades at a Catholic co-ed boarding school as they wrestle with their sexuality, their religion, and ultimately their identity. With deep honesty, alarming cultural relevance, and a gritty, alt-rock-pop score reminiscent of RENT and Spring Awakening, Bare delivers one of the most powerful and gripping theatrical experiences of this generation — an introspective into the fragility of our “bare” humanity.
Please note that Bare explores mature themes, contains adult language, partial nudity, sexual content and simulated violence. Bare may not be suitable for patrons under the age of 16.