Where: Joe Jefferson Playhouse, 11 S. Carlen St., Mobile
Sept. 6-8; 13-15; 20-22
Times: 8 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
The esteemed Joe Jefferson Playhouse will present its rendition of “Noises Off,” a “comedy where everyone gets caught in the act.” It’s a British farce in which slammed doors, missed cues and even plates of sardines add to the fun. There are more than 164 entrances in the last 40 pages of the script, so the audience should be kept on its collective toes. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors and military; $10 for students with I.D. For information and reservations, call 251-471-1534.
Pianist Alon Goldstein
Where: University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, 5751 USA Drive S.
When: Sept. 8, 3 p.m.
Mobile Chamber Music begins its 53rd season in stylish form with a performance from Israeli classical pianist Alon Goldstein. This gifted prodigy made his debut at the tender age of 18 with the Israeli Philharmonic guided by the illustrious baton of Zubin Mehta. A winner of several competitions both Israeli and American, he is also the recipient of the 2004 Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant and the America Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarships.
His Mobile program will consist of Bach, Schubert, Liszt, Beethoven and Ginastera. The New York Times described his show as an “irresistible, powerhouse performance.”
Tickets are $20, $10 for students.
For more information, call 251-476-8794 or go to www.mobilechambermusic.org.
“The Passion of Miss Augusta”
Where: Ben May Main Library, Bernheim Hall, 701 Government St.
When: Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
Filmmaker Robert Clem has already put in hard work immortalizing Mobile’s literary heroes with pieces on Eugene Walter — “Last of the Bohemians” — and William March — “Company K” — and now takes that focus further into the Azalea City’s past. Mobile author Augusta Evans Wilson became the darling of Lost Cause literature with her late-19th century career.
Wilson’s 1866 work “St. Elmo” proved her most popular and the sexually charged novel inspired the naming of towns, hotels, steamboats and a cigar brand. Clem’s film combines the author’s life with dramatized scenes from the book.
A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the screening at 6:30 p.m. A discussion with Clem and Victorian scholar Susan Reynolds will follow.
Entrance is free.
For more info, contact 251-208-7097 or go to www.mplonline.org.
“God of Carnage”
Where: Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.)
When: Sept. 13 – 15, 20 – 22
When a pair of 11-year-old boys get into a playground scuffle, the physical evidence brings their respective parents together to work out things. One couple, a busy lawyer and his money-hungry wife, begin to clash with the other parents, a self-made wholesaler and his author wife and the sons’ friction becomes mirrored in the adults’ behavior. Before you know it, the adults are acting like kids themselves and the dark comedy is in full chaotic swing.
Premiering in 2006, playwright Yasmina Reza’s London version earned an Olivier award for Best New Play. Opening on Broadway in 2009, its run was extended and all four of its principles — Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden — received Tony award nominations. It eventually became the third-longest running work of the 2000s.
Friday and Saturday shows are at 8 p.m. Sunday curtain is at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, military and students.
For more info, call 251-433-7513.
Salute to Airbus!
Where: Saenger Theatre (6 S. Joachim St.)
When: Sept. 14 & 15
Funny how a town that was proudly selling “freedom fries” and condemning our Gallic brethren just a decade back has returned to the Franco-phile camp thanks to a little foreign investment. The Mobile Symphony Orchestra is climbing onto that welcome wagon with this program engineered to pay homage to the new aeronautics industry headed for Brookley.
The playbill calls for Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” overture, Ravel’s suite from “Daphnis and Chloe” and Saint-Saens’ “Organ Symphony.”
Saturday curtain is at 8 p.m. Sunday’s matinee begins at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20 – $65. Students K – 12 get free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Just download the Big Red Ticket from the MSO website.
For more info, call 251-432-2010 or go to www.mobilesymphony.org.
Auditions for “When the Saints Go Marching in at Cockroach Hall”
Where: Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.)
When: Sept. 15, 4:30 p.m.
This year’s return of the South of the Salt Line company was a raging success when the run of “Don’t Frack with Society Shell” not only played to sold out houses but was extended. Mobilians, it would seem, are eager to see their foibles and follies held up for satirical examination and playwright Tom Perez is more than glad to oblige.
This new work has 16 roles for both men and women, aged 20 – 75. The audition will be a cold reading so there’s no need to bring a prepared scene. Also needed are volunteers for backstage, ushering and the box office.
Rehearsals will begin Nov. 3. Performances are slated for the last three weekends in January 2014.
For more info, call 251-300-7650 or email [email protected].