The Complete History of America (Abridged), the satire of five hundred years of life in these here United States, by the authors of The Complete Wks of Wllm Shkpr (Abridged), ends June 11 at the Theatre in the Square in Marietta, Georgia. This production, directed by Phillip DePoy, ends the mainstage season at the theatre.
Written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, America is the sister show to the trio's successful Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) and like the latter, purports to offer a vast amount of information in very little time and with great comic sensibilities. Instead of the Bard, however, America skewers U.S. history from Christopher Columbus to Bill Clinton and beyond. Christopher Ekholm, Donald Griffin and David Milford take the Square's three parts.
Designing Complete History are Crawford Pratt (sets), Kevin McDermott (lighting), Kenton (costumes) and Dung Nguyen (sound).
Tickets are $25-$20. The Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Avenue. For reservations, call (770) 422-8369. Theatre in the Square is on the web at http://www.theatreinthesquare.com.
* Next up at the Theatre in the Square, as a part of the special summer season, will be the world premiere musical, Tallulah and Hattie: Dead at the Pearly Gates Cafe, running June 20-Aug. 6 on the mainstage. Pamela Parker and composer Nat Martin have constructed Tallulah and Hattie as a possible glimpse into the lives -- or after-lives -- of Tallulah Bankhead and Hattie McDaniel as they serenade the new souls entering heaven. Bernardine Mitchell (Hattie) and Sally Bondi (Tallulah) sing the original score, which includes "Big Hair, Big Dreams" and "When I Get My Wings."
-- By Christine Ehren