Albuquerque has a vibrant and something-for-everyone theater scene. In fact, more theatrical performances take place weekends here in Albuquerque than in any other US city of similar size.
After the holidays, why not take in one of our plays. Here’s the listing for January
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.comPrice: $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.
January 12 – 13 | Thursday at 8, Friday at 10. The House of Fitzcaraldo – by Buran Theatre Company of Kansas City, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival. In 1979 filmmaker Werner Herzog attempted to pull a 300-ton steamship over a mountain under its own steam. In this highly theatrical performance work, the performers ponder the significance of dreams and the insanity one must invest in pursuing the useless conquest of unconscious wishes. Pulling and culling from a myriad of source texts, videos, and dreams, Buran uses its distinctive style to situate itself between high and low culture- creating mayhem, shooting cap guns, prompting sing-a-longs, and integrating a folksy existentialism- to explore our nature as beings who cannot help but desire our own dumb dreams.Info: The Resource Center, next to the Box Performance Space, 2nd and Gold, 414-3738, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: TBA
January 13 – 15 | Friday & Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Sehnsucht – by Perpetuo Mobile Teatro of Italy/Switzerland, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Sehnsucht is a funny and touching physical theatre performance with masks and live music. Two characters, dense and extreme, forced into a situation where their freedom of choice and action is severely compromised, are confronted with their wishes. Two masks, archetypes of human beings, seen through a magnifying glass that reveals and deforms, that reveals because grotesquely deforms. We see them struggle between the need to desire and the awareness that their wish will never end because every match lasts only an instant. Empathy turns the simple awareness of sharing the same, universal fate, into an acceptable goal, and rescues all the unavoidable wretchedness. Info: Theatre X at UNM’s Fine Art Building, 925-5858, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: TBA
January 13 – February 5 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2. A Moon for the Misbegotten – by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Jim Cady. O’Neill’s last completed play, considered a sequel to the Pulitzer Prize winning and autobiographical Long Day’s Journey into Night, the story is set eleven years later. Jim Tyrone grasps at a last chance at love. Josie Hogan, the play’s heroine, attempts to lift the guilt and sorrow from Tyrone’s troubled heart as he confesses to her behavior he can neither forget nor forgive. As Josie begins to finally understand Jim, she grows into understanding and accepting herself. Info: Adobe Theatre, 9813 Fourth Street NW, 898-2222, http://www.adobetheater.org Price: $14, Seniors & Students $12.
January 19 – 21 | Thursday & Friday at 8, Saturday at 4. Roadway Closed to Pedestrians – by Macadames of Paris, France, part for Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Using elements of clown, acrobatics, object manipulation, theatre, music, mime, and dance, “Roadway Closed to Pedestrians”(Chaussée Interdite aux Piétons) is a creation working with the musicality of movement, the embodiment of sound, the chill of tragedy. The purpose is to explore the sentiment of love – delivered in an entirely universal language understood by all, regardless of where they come from or what languages they speak. Macadames aims to link love, the greatest of emotions, to the greatest number of people. Roadway is a terrific theatrical experience that will have you smiling and laughing the whole time.Info: Rodey Theatre at UNM’s Fine Arts Building, 925-5858, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: TBA
January 20 – 22 | Friday at 10, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 3. NK603 & Requiem for a Lost Land – Violeta Luna of Mexico City, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theater Festival.“NK603” was conceived as a reflection of American genetically modified corn and its devastating consequences on native corn varieties. These hybrid engineered seeds (NK603 is the name of one of the many genetically modified corn seeds available in the market) contaminate not only ancient bio-processes in nature but also ways of life and health of millions in Mexico, Latin America and around world. “Requiem for a Lost Land / Requiem para una tierra perdida”: the bilingual title makes reference to the bi-national reality of the “war against drugs.” Requiem is an attempt, from the space of performance art, to open with the coroner’s knife the very same discourse of death broadcast by those in power under the guise of “national security.” Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: $20-$17.
January 20 – February 5 | Fridays & Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2. February 2 at 8. Witness For The Prosecution – by Agatha Christie, directed by Peter Parkin. Only Agatha Christie could have conceived such a suspenseful thriller and then capped it with an uncanny triple flip ending! A young married man spends many evenings with a rich old woman. When she is found murdered, the naive young man becomes the chief suspect. His only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife, but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own. Info: Albuquerque Little Theatre, 224 San Pasquale Ave SW, 242-4750, http://www.albuquerquelittletheatre.org Price: $22, Seniors $20, Students $18, Children (12 and under) $10. Not recommended for children under 3.
January 20 – February 12 | Times TBA The Fate of a Cockroach – by Tawfiq al-Hakim, directed by Leslie Joy Coleman. The King of the cockroaches devises a plan to win his war against the ants while a human, Adil, having grown complacent in his own life, finds the persistence of a cockroach trying to climb out of a bathtub inspiring. Info: SouthWest Rural Theatre Project, 5800 Kathryn Ave SE, 717-4494, http://www.swrtp.org Price: $12, $10 Students & Seniors, $8 Children.
January 21 – 22 | Saturday & Sunday at 2. Insomnia – by Loren Kahn Puppet and Object Theatre, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theater Festival. Take a dark and stormy night. Add a teaspoon of bad conscience, an ounce of guilt, a pinch of regret, a dollop of confused thoughts sprinkled with anxiety (don’t forget a cup and a half of humor), then shake well: welcome to the realm of Insomnia. During the night, we are expected to sleep, but sometimes we don’t. What happens? Through music, movement, language, theatre, puppets, and objects, Insomnia evokes the struggle we have when we are facing ourselves. Loren Kahn and Isabelle Kessler of Loren Kahn Puppet & Object Theatre present their brand new production developed for children ages 9-13. With an insomniac, an actress, and a puppeteer on stage, the play includes both objects and puppets to tell a story about insomnia and thoughts which surface to the consciousness during a sleepless night. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: $20-$17.
January 21 – 22 | Saturday & Sunday at 6. I Was the Voice of Democracy – written and performed by Brian Herrera, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theater Festival.Through autobiographical storytelling, this one-man show offers a mix of analysis and anecdote (both hilarious and heartbreaking) as Herrera puzzles through the memories, mementos and artifacts comprising the archive of his own teenage experience. By turns comedic and contemplative (and told in style that is equal parts David Sedaris and Spalding Gray), Brian Herrera’s “I Was the Voice of Democracy” asks whether we ever really stop being the person we once were. Info: National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St. SW, 724-4771, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: $20-$17.
January 24 | Tuesday at 8. Sophia’s Drawings – Galillee Multicultural Theatre of Israel, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival. The play is based on a series of drawings made by 16-year old Sofia, who made these drawings in Holland while she was hiding from the Nazis during the war. By making use of the drawings through various visual techniques, the play tells Sofia’s life story during that period. Sofia was the daughter of Clara Asscher-Pinkhof, a known children’s author. Before Clara was sent to concentration camps and Sofia went into hiding, they published a series of children’s stories – written by Clara and illustrated by Sofia – together. These stories were published in the weekly Jewish newspaper in Amsterdam. Sofia, in time, became a painter. Efrat Hadani, an actress, puppeteer and sculptress, and Sofia’s daughter, acts in the play and relates her mother’s story. The play, a result of meetings between Efrat Hadani and Pablo Ariel, the director and an actor in the play, uses a special language and allows a meeting of three generations of creative women. The play, which is mainly visual and hardly uses any words, is accompanied by a translation into various languages, allowing it to be performed in front of multi-lingual audiences. Info: Rodey Theatre at UNM’s Fine Art Building, 925-5858, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: TBA
January 26 – 28 | Thursday & Friday at 8, Saturday at 6. The Teacher Show – The Working Group Theatre from Chicago, part of Tricklock Company’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Imagine three of the most exciting solo performers in the country coming together to share an evening of music, songs, comedy and more to celebrate their shared love and frustration for teaching. From the hysterical tale of teaching your first college class and hearing a student’s play where he’s imagining having sex with you, to a teacher conference in inner city Chicago where a student’s missing pen is an absurdly laid battleground, to the touching tale of a class in rural Kansas for kids suffering from problems most adults can’t imagine, the play takes us back to where we truly all began to grow, the classroom. Info: Theatre X at UNM’s Fine Art Building, 925-5858, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: TBA
January 28 – 29 | Saturday at 8, Sunday at 2. Lullabies for My Father – by Tricklock Company, part of Revolutions International Theater Festival. This collection of interviews and experiments on the subject of fathers explores the notion of fatherhood and our relationships to the men we loved first. Hilarious, sometimes heart breaking and always highly entertaining, Lullabies is an excellent event to enjoy with your father or your grown children. Created in “Verbatim Theater” style, this began as a collection of interviews with a diverse group of our community members. Albuquerque-area students, lawyers, artists, small-business owners, government employees, men and women spoke candidly about their memories of and relationships with their fathers. The interviews were studied and are precisely relayed by Tricklock actors, combined with original text, improvisation, physical articulation and comments from blogs and social media sites. Info: The Resource Center, next to the Box Performance Space, 2nd and Gold, 414-3738, www.tricklock.com/revolutions Price: TBA
Don’t just sit there – head out to the show. Albuquerque is a play-filled city.