Nashville On Stage: Three local theatre openings

ACT I continues with Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama A Doll’s House at the Darkhorse Theatre, 4610 Charlotte Ave., through Sat., June 15. Premiering in Norway in 1879, A Doll’s House is considered the first truly realistic play—and became a rallying cry for feminism.

Though her husband Torvald thinks she’s a foolish spendthrift for the way money “slips through” her fingers, Nora Helmer has secretly spent years squirreling away money to pay back a loan taken out to save his life. Her lender, Krogstad, has so far been lenient—but now he is forced to take action when his livelihood is threatened. To save her husband from the disgrace of her secret revealed, Nora must prevent Krogstad’s dismissal from the bank Torvald manages. If she fails, her marriage (and in fact, her life) may be in danger.

A Doll’s House is directed by Kelly Lapczynski, and features Ben Gregory, Terra Buschmann, Neil Bergman, Bob Roberts, Maggie Pitt, Heather Alexander, and Elizabeth Hayes.

Performances continue June 14-15 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $12 and can be purchased in advance through Tickets Nashville at tickets.act1online.com

The Murder Room plays at Encore Theatre

Jack Sharkey’s The Murder Room continues at the Encore Theatre in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. through Sat., June 22.

The show is a fabulous mystery farce concerning ill-matched newlyweds Edgar and Mavis. Two days after their wedding, Edgar discovers that Mavis (a truly nasty piece of work if ever there was one) is being unfaithful. And her nastiness doesn’t just end with her lack of loyalty—Mavis has decided to kill poor Edgar.

She first attempts to kill him by poisoning his cocoa, but the cat dies instead. So Mavis resorts to shooting Edgar and then returning to her lover. Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar’s body has vanished!

The Murder Room is directed by Barbara S. Hartman and features Patrick Goedicke, Tammy England, Reischa Feuerbacher, Sara Dhom, David Reichert, Michael Maddock and Richard Paddy.

The show runs weekends through Saturday, June 22.  Friday and Saturday shows open at 7:30 pm; Sunday matinees start at 2:30 pm.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Tickets are just $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (60+) and $10 for children (12 and under). To purchase tickets or for reservations or group rates information, call 615-598-8950. Encore Theatre is located at 6978 Lebanon Rd. in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. near the intersection of Highway 109.

All the King’s Women plays at Lakewood Theatre

Play looks at Elvis Presley and 17 women

All the King’s Women continues at the Lakewood Theatre through June 23. This is Elvis’ story told through the eyes of 17 women—some enthralled, some appalled, and some obsessed.

All the King’s Women is a fast paced series of five comedic plays and three monologues based on the life of Elvis Presley. Some of the ‘Elvis stories’ told include: a salesperson’s experience when Elvis and his mother come in to buy his 11th birthday gift, his first guitar (he wanted a BB gun); NBC’s censorship on The Steve Allen Show; Elvis’ message concerning hound dogs and pelvic movement; how Elvis changes the life of a woman who runs into him in a supermarket at 3 am; three secretaries at the White House who gush out of their minds over a new visitor at the gate who comes to visit President Richard Nixon; two saleswomen dueling over who will or will not sell Elvis his next Cadillac; and a security guard inside Graceland who divulges his thoughts on the kindness and charity of Elvis Presley.

The touching and funny play by Luigi Jannuzzi includes several Presley toe-tapping tunes from the King himself. All the King’s Women continues through June 23: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $14, adults; $10, seniors/students/veterans. Reserve tickets in advance at TicketsNashville.com.  Call 615-847-0934 for further information. Walk-in patrons will be accepted according to seat availability. Lakewood Theatre is at 2211 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory, Tenn.