When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Expect
Where: University of South Alabama, Laidlaw Performing Arts Center (5751 USA Dr. S.)
When: Oct. 10, 6 p.m.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one group of Mobilians are putting their talents to dramatic use for the cause. “When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Expect” tells of a single woman’s fight against this dreaded disease.

The one-woman play was authored by Alabama Poet Laureate Sue Brannan Walker and will be brought to life by Katie Anderson under the direction of Ivan Davidson. As part of the play, there will be a panel of medical and social service professionals skilled in breast cancer treatment and support. The emcee is WKRG’s Devon Walsh and a reception will follow.

The event benefits the Joy To Life Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on promoting early detection and breast cancer awareness. They also provide free mammograms and other breast cancer screenings when necessary to medically underserved women in Alabama.

Tickets for the play may be purchased through the Joy to Life website for $100. Each ticket will be considered a charitable donation with a nominal value of $25 and $75 deductible for tax purposes. 

For more info, go to www.joytolife.org.

Night Watch
Where: Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope)
When: Oct. 17 – 27

Recovering from a nervous breakdown, Ellen claims to see a murder in abandoned house across the street. A police investigation turns up nothing, but the alarming clues continue to come to her. Is this real, her imagination or something more duplicitous? A culprit could be anywhere, the sinister neighbor, the nosy maid, her best friend or even her attentive husband.

This classic from Lucille Fletcher was a hit play in 1972, then a film starring Elizabeth Taylor. Oddly enough, the thriller’s playwright married composer Bernard Herrmann who is best known for his collaborations with suspense maestro Alfred Hitchcock.

Evening shows begin at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $18, $12 for students.

For more info, call 251-928-4366 or go to www.theatre98.org.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Where: Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.)
When: Oct. 25, 26, 31 and Nov. 1, 2

We all know the story of Brad and Janet, how the newly engaged couple get caught in a rainstorm and arrive at the lair of everyone’s favorite “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.” It’s only the longest-running theatrical release in film history. Now the ghouls and gals at Mobile Theatre Guild are bringing the original stage version to life for the creepiest month on the calendar.

Jim Faust directs this salute to the sci-fi and horror movies of the mid-20th century, and there’s a special showing slated for Halloween evening.

Curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, military and students.

For more info, call 251-433-7513 or go to www.mobiletheatreguild.org.

The Mikado
Where: Mobile Civic Center Theater (401 Civic Center Dr.)
When: Oct. 25 & 27

W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan were already well into their fame when this work premiered in 1885. Beginning the work bridged a temporary creative impasse between the men and setting the tale in Japan allowed Gilbert liberties in satirizing British politics and institutions.

It was a raging success, going on to run for 672 initial London performances. It was also estimated that by the end of its first year of life, at least 150 European and American companies were producing it. It remains their most frequently performed work.

The Friday curtain rises at 8 p.m. The Sunday matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 – $60.

For more info, call 251-432-6772 or go to www.mobileopera.org.

“Apparitions: Next” by David Trimmier
Where: Optera Creative (5 N. Jackson St.)
When: Through Oct. 31

Well, the month of haunting is upon us and there’s plenty of spectral imagery on display in downtown Mobile, thanks to Optera Creative. Local artist and former Lagniappe shutterbug David Trimmier conjures his popular display of ghostly works that use old-fashioned know-how over the tricks of the modern digital realm.

“Technically, these images are all accomplished in camera: A lengthy shutter speed, combined with the models being in frame for about half of that time period gives her the transparent appearance,” the artist’s statement reads. Trimmier prefers “archaic” printing techniques: silver gelatin prints, augmented by selenium toning and acid bleaching along with gum bichromate, Van Dyke, salt and cyanotype.

In an attempt at cost friendliness for patrons, there is a deal available for Giclee prints to be ordered from there. An opening reception will be held 6 – 9 p.m. during the Oct. 11 LoDa Artwalk.