Albuquerque Theatre Guild has announced their January 2012 performance calendar.
More theatrical performances take place every weekend here in Albuquerque than in any other U.S. city of its size.
Through March 31| Friday and Saturday at 7:30.
Family Can Be Murder - written and directed by Micah Linford. Family reunions can be murder. In the case of the Hubbard family, that might be a very literal statement. When Alex & Toby Hubbard show up to spend the holidays with their father, Joseph, they find that his new young wife may be maneuvering to make herself the sole heir to their father's fortune. Will Joseph's sister Charlotte be able to keep the family from killing each other? Or will she be the first to snap? Could all this infighting lead to the murder of one of these family members? Of course, it could! Info: Foul Play Café, Sheraton Uptown, 2600 Louisiana Blvd, 377-9593, http://www.foulplaycafe.com Price: $55 includes dinner and the show (gratuity not included).
January 1 | Sunday at 2.
Camelot - Music by Frederick Loewe, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, directed by Matthew Naegeli, choreographed by Edye Allen. King Arthur nervously prepares to meet his new Queen, Guinevere, Arthur establishes the Knights of the Round Table., and soon, Lancelot and Queen Guinevere fall in love. Their affair is brought public with the help of Arthur's evil illegitimate son Mordred. As a result, peace ends and war breaks out in as Arthur's troops fight Lancelot's French army. Info: Musical Theatre Southwest at the African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, 265-9119, http://www.musicaltheatresw.com. Price: $20, Seniors & Students $18, Children (12 and under) $16.
January 6 - 29 | Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30, Sundays at 2. Preview Thursday, January 5 at 7:30
Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up - by J.M. Barrie, in a new version by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, directed by Lauren Dusek Albonico. This delightful, family-friendly play is a modern retelling of the J.M. Barrie classic. Unlike the familiar musical and Disney versions, director Lauren Albonico's production sets all the action in the nursery of the Darling household. Through clever props and staging, the play recreates the power of children's imagination to transform an intimate theatre into a magical realm of lost boys, pirates, fairies, and hungry crocodiles. Beds become ships, brooms become swords, and the Darling parents and family servants are transformed into Captain Hook and his clamorous crew. While it is lively and playful, it also examines the deeper struggles we all face when "growing up" into the world of adult responsibilities. Info: The Vortex Theatre, 2004 1/2 Central SE, 247-8600, http://www.vortexabq.org Price: $15, $10 children under 18 accompanied by an adult, ($10 student rush 10 minutes before curtain).
January 6 - 29 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2. Preview Thursday, January 5 at 8.
A Shot Away - by Donna Fiumano-Farley, directed by David Newman. This New Mexico premiere shows six different characters representing their real-life soldier counterparts, whom the playwright interviewed during the four years of dramaturgical research prior to the New York production in 2011. The play tells stories every bit as shocking as front page headlines from our war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is a riveting expose of the US military's secret shame - shock and awe of a different kind in which the actual words of the victims are finally given voice on stage. Info: Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill, 3011 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, 254-7716, http://www.auxdog.com Price: $16, $12 Students, Seniors, Service members. $10 preview.
January 6 - 29 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8, Sundays at 2.
Tape - by Stephen Belber, directed by Shiela Freed. In this drama in one act, beneath its suspenseful, high-stakes surface, questions of motive, memory, truth and perception arise. Info: The Desert Rose Playhouse, 6921 Montgomery Blvd NE, 881-0503, http://www.desertroseplayhouse.com Price: $12, $10 Students, Seniors, and ABQ Theatre Guild Members.