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Curtain Call: The Black Box Theatre presents 'Broadway Rocks' and 'Heroes'

October 10, 2013


Oct. 10--Black Box Theatre presents two very different productions beginning this weekend: a choral revue, "Broadway Rocks" and a quirky comedy, "Heroes."

"Heroes," French playwright Gerald Sibleyras' award-winning comedy about three elderly men plotting their escape from an old soldiers' home, opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through Oct. 27 at the Black Box Theatre.

Blackbox Theatre owner Ceil Herman describes the play as "hilarious and moving."

Doug Roby, Gorton Smith and Monte Wright star as the "heroes" of the play, which is directed by larrychandler (his preferred spelling of his name). The play, winner of the 2006 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, was translated by Tom Stoppard.

"Heroes" is set "on the terrace of an old soldier's home, where a trio of World War I veterans work out the ennui of their retirement. Between an eagle-eyed nurse and a stone dog statue, they mitigate their days and try to stay relevant while each pulls in a different direction that amuses and endears. The pivotal moment arrives when they decide to escape and the choice is between Indochina or the row of poplar trees that loom on the hill just beyond the rest home," according to a synopsis provided by local producers.

If music is more your thing, Blackbox has another option for audiences.

The 14-member Las Cruces Revue Troupe brings a sampling of the Great White Way to Las Cruces with "Broadway Rocks: A

Choral Revue." The show will feature a salute to some of Broadway's greatest hits of the last 20 years which feature the music of rock and pop legends like Journey, Green Day, ABBA and more. The review troupe will cover hits from top shows, including "Dreamgirls," "Jersey Boys," "Mamma Mia," "American Idiot," "Rock of Ages," "Movin' Out" and "Leader of the Pack."

The Las Cruces Revue Troupe, founded in January, describes itself as "a community-based group dedicated to providing quality musical entertainment to the city of Las Cruces."

The production is directed and choreographed by Nora Q. Petty with vocal direction by Autumn Gieb.

"Our members range in age from 18 to 50. We thought this sounded like it would be a fun show that anybody would enjoy, with songs from Frankie Valli to Green Day. It's really a family show with something for everybody," Petty said.

They have performed at venues throughout the region, including the Downtown Ramble and senior living centers and nursing homes.

Current group members include Abby Bennett, Alex Wheeler, Amber Ryan, Autumn Gieb, Casey Rede, Carol Ayon, Christopher Hornung, Erica Eller, Grady Easterling, Jade Diaz, Juli Stephenson, Nora Petty, Rafael Medina and Shaun Hadfield.

"Broadway Rocks" performances will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St. Tickets are $10.

"Heroes" performances at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St., are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Oct. 20 and 27 and a 7 p.m. Thursday show on Oct. 24.

Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors over 65 and $8 on Thursday.

For information or reservations, call the Black Box Theatre at 575-523-1223.

S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.


When: Friday through Oct. 27

Where: Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St.

How much: $8, $10 and $12

Info: 575-523-1223


When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Oct. 20

Where: Black Box Theatre

How much: $10

Info: Black Box Theatre 575-523-1223


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