When new professor Nick and his wife, Honey, follow a university welcome party with a stop by the home of a senior professor, they are in for far more than simply another round of drinks. It’s a night filled with a disheveled shell of a marriage that sucks them into its tortured and cruel convolutions.
Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will grace the Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) stage Aug. 18-27. The psychological tour de force that won a 1963 Tony Award is populated by Timothy Guy and Jo Ann Olivera as the older couple, George and Martha, while Brendan Cooke and Victoria Johnson play their young friends/victims, Nick and Honey. Joe Fuselli directs.
It should be noted the play contains strong adult themes. Unless you feel your kids are ready for drunken debauchery and psychological agony, it is unlikely suitable for young children.
Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $16 for students/seniors/military.
For more information, call 251-433-7513 or go to mobiletheatreguild.org.
USA faculty recital closes August
The latest in the University of South Alabama’s faculty recital series takes place Aug. 29, starting at 7:30 p.m., when Dr. Rebecca Mindock takes the stage at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Mindock will tackle works for bassoon and contrabassoon by Robert Schumann, Noel Gallon and Kenneth Cooper.
Tickets for the series are only available at the door; payment is by cash or check only.
Admission is $8 for adult and $5 for senior citizens, youth under 18, USA faculty, staff and students. Musical Arts Series passes will be honored.
For more information, call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.
MOJO at Bernheim for August show
Every so often, the Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed shakes things up by moving their monthly gatherings to new digs. They twice employed the Crescent Theater and have utilized facilities at the Ben May Main Library (701 Government St.) to boot.
On Monday, Aug. 28, they’ll return to the Mobile Public Library’s Bernheim Hall concert facility in the downtown branch to salute the soulful stylings of the inimitable Ray Charles — and employ some sizable chops to do so.
Keyboardist and vocalist Sean Dietrich — the same man whose blog “Sean of the South” has become a regional rage — will perform the spotlight honors. He’ll be joined by saxophonist Chuck Schwarz, bassist Tom Latenser and drummer Fred Domulot.
A preshow reception with refreshments begins at 5:30 p.m. The show itself starts at 6:30 p.m.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members.