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.
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.
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.
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.
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.