Before you give in to the lethargic heat of summer and start lolling around the pool and splashing in the waves, there's still one last chance for gorging on the arts. By this time of the annual feast, we're all feeling a bit bloated and stuffed, but you just gotta suck it up. You'd be a fool to leave even a crumb on the plate.
This year, the shows have either been outstanding or our critics have been grading on a curve, considering the number of As and Bs that have been meted out. For some of us, this Spoleto will go down as the "Year of No Monkey." 2008's mind-blowingly awesome million-dollar production of the Chen Shi-Zheng's Chinese opera was ambitious and unforgettable. This year, a scaled-down festival doesn't have anything that quite ascends to that sort of spectacle, but there have been plenty of great shows worth catching.
Our choral music lover Lindsay Koob has found himself weeping at the pure beauty of Westminster Choir's aural sounds and marveling at the sublime talents of Sarah Chang, giving their performances this week super-duper A-pluses.
Greg Hambrick, a lover of musicals whose credentials include meeting his partner on the set of Oklahoma, found Sophie Tucker to be a show fit for your grandparents but still rich and hilarious enough for young'uns to enjoy.
Our critics gave As to a raft of plays that opened this week, including Good Cop, Bad Cop, A Time to Dance, and the Emperor is Naked? — all of which you can still catch this weekend. They also liked Season to Season from a new local theatre company.
Over at the Piccolo Fringe, the final weekend should be pretty raucous. Our reviewers enjoyed both Cupid Has a Heart On and Meet Bridezilla, and the lineup on Friday and Saturday nights includes perennial favorites like Doppelganger, Banana Monologues, and the Have Nots!, who host the value-priced Piccolo Fringe Finale on Saturday ($20 for 2 hours of fun). And you have one last chance to catch the brilliant wit of The Cody Rivers Show on Saturday afternoon. Seriously, don't miss it.
And you can find any number of concert music and dance performances from CBT happening in churches and performance spaces across the city. And A-rated shows like Don John, Dogugaeshi, Louise, La Cage aux Folles, and Ring of Fire: The Songs of Johnny Cash are still playing this weekend. We'll still be posting reviews of one-off shows over the next two days, including Rene Marie tonight, so keep checking back and look here for more info about the big finales.
And, as arts gluttons around the Lowcountry are saying, may I (burp) have some more please?