Up & Coming Weekly

March 17, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MARCH 18-24, 2020 UCW 13 Thursday, May 7, 2020 6PM - 10PM Heavy Hors d'oeuvres | Desserts | Dancing www.mkt.com/the-care-clinic For More Information Cape Fear Botanical Garden 536 N. Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville NC 28301 $75 PER PERSON - In Advance $100 PER PERSON - AT the Door The CARE Clinic is a 501(c)(3) Organization 910.485.0555 WWW.THECARECLINIC.ORG Get Your Tickets Today 20 ƀ Annual EVENTS JENNA SHACKELFORD., Editor OF UP & COMING WEEKLY. COMMENTS? editor@upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484-6200. The health of members in our community is impor- tant. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, as a pre- caution, several events have been cancelled through- out the community. Please call to confirm events. Whether you are intrigued by slapstick comedies or you appreciate Shakespeare's works, a merger of the Bard's plays and hilarity will have you in stitches and on the edge of your seat. "e Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" will open at Gilbert eater on March 27. e play was one of the longest running plays in the West End, London's theater district, ranking No. 20. It showed for nine years with more than 3,000 perfor- mances of the production. Performing the show is a large feat. "It's basically three guys who run through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in about an hour and forty-five minutes. As you can imagine, it tends to get a little silly," Artistic Direc- tor Lawrence Carlisle III explains. Wesley Wilburn, Chris Walker and Matt Gore make up the cast. Walker, aside from his acting resume in other cities, has performed in several plays at the Gilbert, including "e Laramie Project," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Secret Garden." Wilburn was in the Gilbert's Glee program. is is his first lead role in a main stage show. He was in "It's a Wonderful Life" two years ago. e show is Gore's Gilbert debut, although he has performed in Goldsboro at the Neuse Little eater and eater in the Park in Raleigh. He's been in shows with Center Stage eater as well. Due to the amount of Shakesperian ground to be covered in conjunction with a small cast, the produc- tion is zany and off-the-wall. "e show is kind of meta in that they talk to the audience quite a bit," Carlisle explains. "Each of the actors is playing a fictionalized version of themselves. When it was written, it was written by three guys and the characters are just their names. But then they go through each of Shakespeare's plays with each of them playing multiple roles even if it's only for a moment. ink Monty Python doing Shakespeare. It's hysterical." ere is no real set to speak of. Most of the story is told through acting and quick costume changes. Carlisle looks forward to the community seeing the play because he feels that it fills an important need. "With everything going on in the world right now, I think maybe people need to take a break and just enjoy some silliness," he said. "We've been rehearsing close to three weeks, and I laugh every night at rehearsal and I've seen them do- ing it every day. ey still manage to make me laugh." e show runs at the Gilbert eater from March 27 to April 12. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.gilberttheater.com/ or by calling 910-678-7186. Gilbert Theater presents 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged' by JENNA SHACKELFORD Rescheduled Rescheduled Until june 4th Until june 4th

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