Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) has had a rough go lately. Standard building upkeep, operation costs and unexpected show cancellations have put the midtown mainstay in a crunch on the eve of its 70th anniversary season.
The community theater has launched a GoFundMe page aimed at collecting funds to keep the plucky playhouse on its feet. As of the early hours of Feb. 28, they had raised $1,260 toward their $5,000 goal.
Among the donations were those who gave in honor of others, like longtime patrons Nancy and Marion Hartley or the late Melanie Petithory.
To find the donation page, go to GoFundMe and search for “Mobile Theatre Guild.”
Comedy of murders at CCT
As if staging a Broadway flop isn’t enough, the production of “Manhattan Holiday” featured the untimely deaths of three chorus women thanks to the “Stage-Door Slasher.” When the killer musical’s creative team — producer, writers, director, actors — convene at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel,” the mystery deepens.
There’s a strange German maid whose identity seems shifty, a house riddled with secret doorways and hidden passageways, and a body count that starts anew. Great foundation for a comedy, eh?
Playwright John Bishop’s “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” draws inspiration for its mayhem from period pieces, including one of Bob Hope’s first films.
Chickasaw Civic Theatre (801 Iroquois St.) will stage the nonmusical about a musical March 15-24.
Friday and Saturday curtain is 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee is 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $15.75, $12.50 for children/students/military/seniors.
Call 251-457-8887 or visit cctshows.com.
Artist talk at MMoA
Artist Christopher Nitsche will be the featured guest for a lunchtime event at the Mobile Museum of Art (MMoA) on March 15 at 11:30 a.m. Nitsche’s “Liminal Ship II’ is part of a special exhibition at MMoA (4850 Museum Drive) through December.
Nitsche uses the visual and metaphorical attributes of ships in exploration of the ship as vessel for memory objects. His MMoA work employs repurposed lumber gathered as debris from hurricanes Irma and Matthew.
The artist has had more than 70 solo and group shows across the U.S. and beyond its borders. He’s currently a professor of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching classes in design and sculpture.
Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag to the lunchtime art talk. Beverages will be provided.
Entrance is free for MMoA members. General admission applies for others.
Call 251-208-5200 or visit mobilemuseumofart.com.
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