Winter Season 2017-2018 Season
Everybody Loves Opal
The opening production of the 109th Winter Theatre Season at the historic Abbeville Opera House. Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. The general disarray of her establishment is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things--anything that can be toted home in her little red wagon. Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her lot or her "friends" , Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature. Into her rather strange world comes Gloria, Bradford and Solomon, three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the authorities. Opal's old house is the perfect hideout and Opal, herself, might be the remedy for their shattered finances. They decide that what she needs is plenty of insurance, a rapid demise, and three beneficiaries named Gloria, Bradford and Solomon. A great way to open the 109th Winter Theatre Season at the Abbeville Opera House. A great show for all ages, seniors, church groups and tour busses!
|9/23/2017||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
|9/30/2017||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
Coney Island Christmas
Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies weaves together nostalgia, music and merriment in this brand new seasonal classic. A holiday show for people of all ages and all faiths, CONEY ISLAND CHRISTMAS introduces us to Shirley Abramowitz, a young Jewish girl who (much to her immigrant parents' exasperation) is cast as Jesus in the school's Christmas pageant. As Shirley, now much older, recounts the memorable story to her great-granddaughter, the play captures a timeless and universal tale of what it means to be an American during the holidays. This show is destined to become a holiday classic. See it first at the Abbeville Opera House.
|12/2/2017||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
|12/9/2017||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a comedy play written by Christopher Durang. The story revolves around the relationships of three middle-aged single siblings, two of whom live together, and takes place during a visit by the third, Masha, who supports them. They discuss their lives and loves, argue, and Masha threatens to sell the house. Some of the show's elements were derived from works of Anton Chekhov, including several character names, the play's setting in a cherry orchard, and the theme of the possible loss of an ancestral home. Critics praised Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike as a humorous adaptation of Chekhov themes that doesn't require familiarity with Chekhov. The original Broadway production proved to be a commercial success, recouping its $2.75 million investment in under four months. In 2013, it won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, among other awards. Don’t miss this hot new comedy!
|2/3/2018||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
|2/10/2018||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows is based on a children's novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. The play focuses on four anthropomorphised animals and their adventures through the English country. Ideal for all ages, The Wind in the Willows is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality and camaraderie. Don't miss this terrific production!
|3/10/2018||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
JB is a play written in free verse by American playwright and poet Archibald MacLeish and is a modern retelling of the story of the biblical figure Job – hence the title: J.B./Job. The play opens in "a corner inside an enormous circus tent". Two vendors, Mr. Zuss and Nickles begin the play-within-a-play by assuming the roles of God and Satan, respectively. They overhear J.B., a wealthy New York banker, describe his prosperity as a just reward for his faithfulness to God. Scorning him, Nickles wagers that J.B. will curse God if his life is ruined. Nickles and Zuss then watch as J.B.'s children are killed and his property is ruined and the former millionaire is left to the streets. J.B. is then visited by three Comforters with each offering a different explanation for his plight. J.B. declines to believe any of them, instead asking God himself to explain and finding comfort in the person of his wife, Sarah. JB premiered on Broadway on December 11, 1958 and closed on October 24, 1959 after 364 performances. It was directed by Elia Kazan and the cast included Raymond Massey, Christopher Plummer,and Pat Hingle.
|4/7/2018||3:00 PM | 8:00 PM|
At The Abbeville Opera House, we are committed to giving you the very best theatre experience possible from the moment you walk through the door and that includes helping you make informed decisions about which productions to see with your children. Be sure to inquire at the box office if the play is family friendly. In consideration of our many adult patrons, we ask that you do not bring children under the age of six into the theatre - except for our Youth Theatre performances. We appreciate your understanding.
“Get a babysitter. You’ll enjoy the show a whole lot more … and so will the people around you.”
-The Abbeville Opera House