Friday Theatre Alliance will host a free one-night-only staged reading of Bleacher Bums, a cheerful comedy about the sideline drama of die hard Chicago Cub fans who only occasionally watch their team at Wrigley Field. The fan club includes a rabid cheerleader, a blind man who follows the game by transistor radio, a bathing beauty and a nerd.
Friday and Saturday Jabberbox Puppet Theatre, a new theater comprised of two local women, will perform its new original comedy Rumpus in Rome at the Garage in Winston-Salem. The puppets are each handcrafted — right down to their puppet genitals. The show, which makes up the theater’s third season, is intended for adults and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 13. For tickets or more information visit jabberboxpuppettheatre.com.
Also playing on Friday and Saturday is This American Life Live at the Hanesbrands Theatre. WBEZ Chicago is bringing its hit radio show to several movie screens so audiences can see accompanying stories, animations and videos — things they wouldn’t normally get from the radio. The show will be broadcast live from New York City and will feature such visuals as a new short film by Mike Birbiglia and dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company.
You can also catch a screening of Frankenstein Monday through June 9 at Hanesbrands Theatre. Presented by The National Theatre Live, the new play by Nick Dear is based on Mary Shelley’s novel and depicts the innocent, yet grotesque creature who seeks vengeance on its creator.
There are only a few weeks left before summer officially begins, so many theatres are gearing up for their summer theatre camps. The Children’s Theatre of Winston- Salem, for example, offers four four-day camps for ages ranging from 4 to 13. Visit theatre’s website for prices, dates and descriptions.
Community Theatre of Greensboro is offering three summer camps, which each last either a week or two weeks, which individually run throughout June 11-August 24. Visit their website for more information. Greensboro Children’s Theatre, on the other hand, will soon be performing a world premiere, How Jack Got Scared.