A variety of theatrical performances are on tap for early fall, and there is something for everyone within the next month.
APEX Theatre 20 presents “Equus.” This Peter Shaffer play has become a classic drama that explores the osmotic relationship between a psychiatrist and extremely disturbed young man. Because of the subject of the play, no one under 18 will be admitted. “Equus” is rarely produced outside of major theatre hubs and universities, so a chance to see and hear a stunning, thought provoking drama is not to be missed. It is playing Oct. 18, 19 and 25, 26. For tickets, visit apextheatre20.com
Cherokee Civic Theatre is offering “The Little Mermaid.” This is the staged version of Disney’s movie favored by younger girls everywhere. Are you aware that most actors were bitten by the acting “bug’ while attending a live theater performance?
Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler is bringing a production from Dallas to present “A Southern Exposure” by Native Texan Kelley Kingston-Strayer. The cast features Dallas actors who have been seen on television and in movies, plus a Tyler actress, Frances Whiteside. There will be a sneak preview of this play on Saturday October 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at APEX Theatre 20, 719. W. Front St. in Tyler. Selected scenes will be performed followed by a reception. For tickets to the full performances on Nov. 1, at 2 and 9 p.m., please go to damselflypublishers.com
Lindale Community Theater will entertain you with their production of “The Hallelujah Girls.” From the pens of Jamie Wooten, Nicholas Hope and Jesse Jones, we meet a group of feisty Southern ladies out to reinvent themselves. This is side-splitting funny and with the quality shows that LCT has been producing, this is another sold out show. The show will play Oct. 18 through 20 and 25, through 27. For tickets, visit lindalecommunitytheater.org.
Tyler Civic Theatre presents the classic black comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace,” beginning on Oct. 25. For tickets, go to tylercivictheatre.com.
Lastly, but not least, The Tyler Junior College theatre department will present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” This perennial classic tells of lives of the characters who inhabit Grovers Corners. Performance dates are 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday in the Jean Browne Theater on the TJC campus.
As you can see there are many opportunities for attending local theater this month - so get out there East Texas and support live theater.
Felicity Enas is an instructor at Actor’s Preparatory Exchange and the resident director of Theater 20 @ Potter Place.