By Roger McBain
The theme for Evansville Civic Theatre's "Trials and Tribulations" season became apparent only after Chris Tyner had assembled the lineup. In fact, it was a board member who pointed out the common elements in "Les Misrables," "The Miracle on 34th St.," "Urinetown," "A Few Good Men" and "Sly Fox," said Tyner, Civic's managing artistic director.
All the comedies, musicals and dramas in the 2013-14 Main Stage season feature courtroom scenes or deal with crime and punishment, explained Tyner.
The series will open with "Les Misrables," Alain Boublil Claude- Michel Schoenberg and Herbert Kretzmer's celebrated musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's saga of about an ex-convict struggling to escape his past and protect a young woman in his care amid the turmoil of revolution in 19th-century France. The musical will run Oct. 18 through Nov. 3.
Civic Theater will bring back the radio station set from last year's "It's a Wonderful Life - The Radio Play" for next season's holiday show, "The Miracle on 34th St.," adapted from an original production by Lux Radio Broadcasting. The show will take audiences into a fictitious studio broadcasting a live radio adaptation of the classic movie about the Macy's Santa forced to defend Christmas in court. The show will play Dec. 6 through 22.
Crime and punishment go to the toilet with "Urinetown," Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis' dark, musical comedy about citizens whose most basic needs make them outlaws and revolutionaries. After a 20- year drought, their government has banned private toilets, and requires fees to use public facilities. Civic veterans will join high school and middle school students in Civic's NEXTWAVE educational program to present the show Jan. 17 through 26, 2014 in this Main Stage production.
The drama will move to the military courtroom for Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." A Marine's mysterious death sets the stage for this drama about Navy lawyers struggling to break the military code of silence to defend their clients. The play will run March 7 through 23.
Civic's Main Stage series will conclude with "Sly Fox," Larry Gelbart and Ben Johnson's comedy about a con artist's plot to turn their own avarice against a trio of rich, greedy opportunists during the California Gold Rush. The comedy will play May 9 through 25.
All the Main Stage productions will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with two 2 p.m. Sunday matinees in the theater at 717 N. Fulton Ave.
Season tickets, which go on sale Monday, are $68 for adults and $62 for seniors 65 and older. On June 15, the price will go to $74 for adults and $68 for seniors.
Subscribers will receive discounts on tickets for "Godspell," the troupe's summer musical at Lincoln State Park in Lincoln City, Ind., as well as next season's concert series at Civic Theatre and the edgier Underground at the Annex plays in Civic's new black box studio in North Park Shopping Center.
"Godspell" will play weekends July 20 through Aug. 5 in the 1,500-seat Lincoln Amphitheatre.
Themed cocktail-party concerts include "Nobody Lives Forever" celebrating music from James Bond films Nov. 8 and 9, and "Songs of the Boardwalk" featuring music from HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," March 28 and 29, 2014.
The 2013-2014 Underground at the Annex season will feature five guest-directed shows in the former Oxygen Night Club, which Civic is converting to a black box studio theater.
They include: Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig," Aug. 22-25; Bruce Graham's "Coyote on a Fence," Nov. 14-17; David Mamet's "Revenge of the Space Pandas or Binky Rudich and the Two-Speed Clock," Jan. 9- 12, 2014; Neil LaBute's "The Mercy Seat," Feb. 20-23; and David Auburn's "Proof," April 3-6.
All Annex shows will begin at 7 p.m.
For season tickets or more information on any of the productions, visit Civic's website at www.evansvillecivictheatre.org, or call 812-425-2800.
Originally published by Roger McBain firstname.lastname@example.org/812-464-7520, Evansville Courier & Press.
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