The Circuit Playhouse
51 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
August 25 – September 10
By Annie Baker
This 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, where three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film theatres in the state named The Flick. For Avery, this isn’t a dead-end job. It’s a way to get closer to the art form he loves. Passionate debates about cinema lead to a friendship of sorts with co-workers Sam and Rose. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen.
Adult Situations and Adult Language
Shrek The Musical
AUGUST 18 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
630 Perkins Extd., Memphis, TN 38117
Great Family Fun. Shrek, an embittered ogre, and his loyal steed Donkey embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful yet temperamental Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive power-hungry Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around making it a singing and dancing extravaganza.
FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN
37 South Cooper | Memphis, TN 38104
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2017
Muhammad Ali forms a bond with Stepin Fetchit - the first Black Hollywood actor to become a millionaire, albeit, by embodying a demeaning stereotype. Ali wants to learn Black fighter Jack Johnson’s legendary “anchor punch” that he believes Fetchit, who was friends with Johnson, knows. Inspired by their actual friendship, the play explores how each dealt with the pressure of being a Black public figure trying to shape his identity in the face of outside forces.
This intriguing play, about the meeting between two men who achieved renown during different eras in the thorny history of race in America has more rounds of combat than an epic prize fight. - New York Times