The Playhouse

Daniel D. Baumer

From a retro celebration on the west side, to hot jazz, to a fully air-conditioned musical,  there's plenty to do in the Alamo City this weekend.

First off tonight--the Guadalupe Theater looks good for its age, but let's face it: it's turning 75.  Executive Director Christina Balli explains on how they're marking its birthday.

Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse is staging an unusual production. I was able to speak to one of its actors to find out what’s so different. She’s Corina Zars, and here she explains the regular part of what happens.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood is basically a play within a play. It is a group of Victorian-era actors from the Royal Music Halls in London, and they are putting on the play Edwin Drood.”

But this is where the production jumps the rails just a bit.

Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse is showing a play with a very interesting construction.   It’s called "The Last 5 Years." Here’s its Director Chris Berry explaining it—read carefully.

“'Last 5 Years' follows the relationship of two characters—it’s a 2-person musical, from the infatuation stage and through their marriage, and then—spoiler alert—through their divorce.

But this is where it gets really interesting.

Siggi Ragnar

The Playhouse is staging one of the most loved plays in the history of Broadway. The music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has become imprinted on the American consciousness.

“’Fiddler on the Roof’ is a wonderful story of a man’s journey through the changes of tradition in Russia in his Jewish village back in 1905.”

Lee Cusenbary is directing ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’ The story is built around its central character, Tevye, who’s exceptionally traditional, as he sings.

“That I can tell you in one word — Tradition!”

Lee Cusenbary continues.

Asia Ciaravino

The Playhouse is tackling a big new production. I checked in with their CEO to find out what that production is. After humming an iconic tune from the play (you should hit the Listen button above to hear it story), she revealed the title: “The 'Wizard of Oz'—can it get any bigger than 'The Wizard of Oz?'”

Asia Ciaravino came in to TPR to talk about one of The Playhouse’s most challenging productions ever.  

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