WNC has a thriving arts community. Everywhere you turn, you'll find galleries, theater spaces, buskers, and sidewalk vendors. The Arts draws thousands of tourists to the area year-round.
Theatre fans have a lot to choose from in the area. Not only in Asheville, but everywhere from Flat Rock to Waynesville to Burnsville to Black Mountain.
In Asheville this weekend, two plays are finishing their runs, and one is opening here and in Burnsville. There are more, of course, but this post will tell you about four.
Saturday in Burnsville, Parkway Playhouse opens A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. When Monty Navarro discovers he is the not-so-distant heir to the D'Ysquith family fortune, he decides to jump the line of succession using a good bit of charm… and a little bit of murder. Along the journey of knocking off his eight unsuspecting relatives, Monty must juggle both matters of the heart and not landing behind bars.
The Montford Park Players might just be the best-kept Theatre secret in the area. They've been performing free "Shakespeare In The Park" in the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater for over 40 years. Opening this weekend is Robin Hood: Quest for Justice, an original play by locals Jeff Messer & Robert Akers. Performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7:30. Bring a picnic, your favorite beverages and blankets and lawn chairs. Don't worry if you don't bring anything. You can purchase beer, wine, and various food items at the amphitheater.
The How To Crew is back with Rules & How To Break Them. Shows have been selling out, but there mey be a ticket or two available for this final weekend of the run at the BeBe Theater. Produced by the Steven Samuels' Sublime Theater. Always fun, musical, and laugh-inducing, the How To shows never fail to deliver. If you don't get a chance to see this one, follow the Sublime Theater to keep up to date.
Closing this weekend at the Magnetic Theater, In The Assassins' Garden, writtn by local David Hopes, is a smoldering historical look at an America riven by partisan politics, flirting with socialism, and galvanized by a swiftly rising feminist movement. Seemingly contemporary, this historical play looks at the chaotic and frenzied wake of the assassination of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. See it this weekend or miss it entirely.
Next up at the Magnetic, More Crimes and Missed Demeanings.
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Patrons of the Performing Arts in Asheville can look forward to two new performance spaces opening in the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Joining the 500-seat Diana Wortham Theater will be the 80-100 seat Tina McGuire Theatre, and the Henry LaBrun Studio, a multiuse space for classes and events, to be used as a classroom by day and a performance venue, seating 60-80 people, by night. Read more.