by Nick Smith
Since Downtown gets most of the attention, it's easy to forget that there are events going on in other places, too. Busiest of all is the family-run Village Playhouse in Mount Pleasant, which has three highly recommended plays running at the moment.
Shipwrecked is an entertaining show for all ages but also explores the themes of truth mixing with fiction and the fickle finger of fame. It's well acted and unlike anything else in Piccolo Spoleto.
Souvenir is a comedy about the worst singer to ever hit the big time, Florence Foster Jenkins. Susie Hallatt — actually a very talented singer — has endeared audiences to her clueless character, and the slight premise holds up well throughout the show.
Like Shipwrecked and Souvenir, [title of show] is based on real events. [title] is a great example of what can be done with just four actors, four chairs, and a few cheap props. The cast put a huge amount of energy into their singing and acting, telling a true story that is relevant to contemporary audiences. Although it has musical theater in-jokes, it's fun for non-Broadway fans to watch and a symbol of low-budget Piccolo ingenuity.
Bowen's Island Restaurant off Folly Road has one more event before the festival ends. Saturday Night Fish Fry is a blues bash featuring Louis D, Ed "Porkchop" Meyer and Smoky Weiner & the Hot Links. The restaurant, a long-time local fixture, is a great location for blues and swing music. As a bonus, you get an ample bite of fish to go with your Weiner.