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Top College Productions To See This Year In Las Vegas

October 14, 2013 5:00 AM

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Live theater is thriving in Southern Nevada with productions by University of Nevada, Las Vegas and College of Southern Nevada. Students put their heart and soul in presenting a drama, whether on stage or behind the scenes. The plays for the rest of the year include a timeless drama first presented in the 1930s, one still performing off Broadway and a holiday classic since the 1800s. Theater is able to transcend time and place and makes what might be considered dated become new and fresh in the 21st century.

csnlogo Top College Productions To See This Year In Las VegasThe Women
College of Southern Nevada
Cheyenne Campus
Nicholas J. Horn Theatre
3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 651-5483
www.csn.edu

Dates: Nov. 8-17, 2013

“The Women,” written by Clare Boothe Luce, is a play with a sharp commentary on wealthy New York socialites in the 1930s after the Great Depression. All of the characters on stage are women and the plot focuses on their marriages, friendships and social standing. The original Broadway production debuted in 1936 and the play has been adapted as a movie three times. All three films (1939, 1956 and 2008) have been set in the contemporary year that particular movie was produced. However, the play being presented at CSN, directed by Rhonda Carlson, takes place in 1936 with an all-female cast of 35. The play showcases their interactions with each other while talking about the men in their lives. The Nicholas J. Horn Theatre is a 524-seat theater and parking is free.

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Nevada Conservatory Theatre
Black Box Theatre
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 895-2787
www.unlv.edu/nct/2013-2014

Dates: Nov. 8-10, 2013

“Line,” written by Israel Horovitz in 1967, has been performing off Broadway since 1974 at the Thirteenth Street Repertory Theatre. The play explores complex human emotions between people when they meet as strangers waiting in line for an event and end up as adversaries fighting for a place at the front of the line. The characters include five people, beginning with one person who has waited in line all night. Another character is a good looking man who likes to confuse people with his intelligence and double-talk. A sexy woman with her obsessive compulsive husband and an aggressive philosopher complete the cast that desire that coveted first-in-line spot.

header logo Top College Productions To See This Year In Las VegasA Christmas Carol
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Judy Bayley Theatre
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-2787
www.unlv.edu/theatre

Dates: Dec. 5-14, 2013

“A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was originally published in 1843. Part of the novel’s success was combining Victorian England’s traditional Christmas celebrations along with the introduction in society (as showcased by the book) of setting up Christmas trees and sending greeting cards. It has been adapted into numerous movies including the traditional 19th century setting as well as contemporary themes including recreating the Scrooge character as a television executive, singer, banker and other variations of the theme. This particular production is adapted by David Bell and will present the story in its original setting with its now famous Scrooge telling the world “Bah Humbug” and Tiny Tim tugging at the heart in 19th century England.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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