Theater lovers, start your engines! Our usual traffic jam of community theater offerings is upon us again and it takes some motoring around if you’re going to make all these shows on one weekend.
Over in Fairhope, Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave.) is staging their version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The story of course, centers the efforts of one Dr. Henry Jekyll and his research into the duality of human nature and personality disorders. Through his ingestion of a potion, Jekyll’s inner demons manifest in his outer self and lead on a road to murderous ruin.
It’s been hotly debated through the years whether Stevenson was under the influence of drugs when penning this lurid tale. Some said it was cocaine, others claimed the hallucinogen ergot and another group say it was merely the fevered throes of illness. Whatever the source, the result is unforgettable.
The show runs May 8 – 11 and May 14 – 18. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees.
Tickets are $18, $12 for students.
For more info, contact 251-928-436 or go to www.theatre98.org.
North of downtown Mobile, the Chickasaw Civic Theatre is staging Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Cats” May 9 – 11, 16 – 18 and 23 – 25 at Lola Phillips Playhouse (801 Iroquois St.). The second-longest-running work in Broadway history will make its appearance 7:30 pm., Fridays and Saturdays and on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors citizens and students.
Keep your eyes peeled and ears perked for “Kitty Cats,” coming your way in June. Local musical writer Scott Morlock has penned this prequel to the Weber classic and hopes it ends up as popular as his work “Scrooge, The Musical.”
For more info, call 251-457-8887 or go to www.cctshows.com.
In Midtown, Mobile Theatre Guild (14 N. Lafayette St.) will be the spot for “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a musical comedy by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann. The play revolves four gas-station greasemonkeys and a pair of waitresses from the Double Cupp Diner, a greasy spoon somewhere on Highway 57 between Frog Level and Smyrna, N. C.
The down-home core features knee-slappin’ crowd pleasers like “Caution: Men Cooking,” “Farmer Tan” and “Be Good or Be Gone.” The original cast’s recording of “The Night Dolly Parton Was Almost Mine” hit Number 67 on the Hot Country Songs charts.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens, military and students.
For more info, call 251-433-7513 or go to www.mobiletheatreguild.org.