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Looking to support your thriving performing arts community? Abigail Trabue’s “Four for the Weekend” highlights four shows worth putting on your weekend’s must-do list. PerformInk’s Four for the Weekend

Pictured: Amy Attaway and Robert Gibby Brand. Photo by Bob Paisley.

Looking to support your thriving performing arts community? Abigail Trabue’s “Four for the Weekend” highlights four shows worth putting on your weekend’s must-do list.


Pictured: Amy Attaway and Robert Gibby Brand. Photo by Bob Paisley.

PHOTOGRAPH 51 at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre

A PerformInk critic’s pick and one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time, PHOTOGRAPH 51 tells the personal story of Rosalind Franklin and her involvement with the discovery of the DNA double helix. The 90 min production features a strong ensemble, led by Amy Attaway, and under the direction of MET’s Karen Paisley. Extended through Feb 4th, a first for MET, PHOTOGRAPH 51 is not to be missed.


Photo: Matt Rapport, D’Andre McKenzie, and Justin Barron in Will Snider’s HOW TO USE A KNIFE. (Cynthia Levin)

HOW TO USE A KNIFE at Unicorn Theatre 

PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson calls HOW TO USE A KNIFE a “damn fine play” with a plot revolving around the lives of Chef George and his crew. Featuring whip-smart dialogue by playwright Will Snyder, this PerformInk critic’s pick runs through February 19th at Unicorn’s space on Main Street.


(l-r) Eric Palmquist, Un Joo Christopher, and Andi Meyer. Photo by J. Robert Schraeder and courtesy of The Coterie Theatre.

HANA’S SUITCASE at The Coterie Theatre 

A National Endowment for the Arts award-winning play by Emil Sher, HANA’S SUITCASE tells a true story that spans 70 years and three continents in a search to track down information about a suitcase from Auschwitz. Offering a global perspective, HANA’S SUITCASE offers a chance for young and old to hear the tale of Hana’s courageous and tragic life story. In a co-production with UMKC Theatre, the production runs through February 12th at the Coterie’s Theatre in Crown Center.


UNDERGROUND. Photo courtesy of Störling Dance Theatre.

UNDERGROUND at Störling Dance Theatre

Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this weekend, UNDERGROUND tells the powerful story of the Underground Railroad and the strength of those who would no longer be bound by slavery. This yearly production continues to be timely and needed as our country grapples with racial inequality. UNDERGROUND runs February 3rd and 4th at The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Abigail Trabue Managing Editor

Abigail is the managing editor of PerformInk. She enjoys coffee, converting school buses into RV’s and coffee. Abigail holds a degree in Musical Theater from Columbia College Chicago and in her former life was an actor/director/choreographer. In her present life, she’s still those things but in addition, she’s raising three kids w/ her partner and PerformInk publisher Jason Epperson. You can find her on Twitter @AbigailTrabue

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