When it comes to rollicking musical fun and dark comedy, there are few peers with “Chicago.” Murder, betrayal, sensational media, showbiz—there’s a little bit of everything in this Prohibition-era urban legend. See it at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover May 18-20. All shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 and $11. Call 678-5152, or visit schwartzcenter.com. And if a weeknight isn’t working for you, check jazz saxophonist Tia Fuller at The Schwartz on Saturday. Part of Beyoncé’s all-woman touring band, the acclaimed Fuller plays with several jazz combos. She brings her own quartet for a show that is sure to be a winner. Call 678-5152, or visit schwartzcenter.com.
That means the livin’ is easy, so why not make time to see “It’s Almost Summertime: Words & Music by Gershwin”? The show kicked off Clear Space Theatre Company’s summer repertory season last week at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach.
The show was written by Clear Space’s team, with directors Ken Skrzesz and Doug Yetter, as a way to tour the songbook of George Gershwin. Four actors present six vignettes that allow them to act, sing and dance through 34 tunes, including “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm” and “Summertime.”
“It is different than anything we have ever done before,” says cast member Dana Peragallo. “Although all of the scenes take place in the same time period, each actor has the opportunity to play six different characters throughout the show. It keeps us and the audience engaged and on our toes!”
See the show May19-22 at Clear Space Theatre, located at 20 Baltimore Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $15-$25. Purchase at ClearSpaceTheatre.org, call 227-2270, or visit the box office in person.
It’s hard to determine what it is about classic autos that has such a hold on us. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s an appreciation of design. Maybe it’s the romance and freedom of the open road that they represent. A visit to Winterthur’s west lawn on the remaining Saturdays of this month might help you figure out. On May 21, examine post-war classics such as a 1947 Buick Roadmaster 76C convertible, a 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster, a 1955 Cadillac Series 62, a 1955 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and more. Lou Mandich, owner of the Last Chance Garage in Unionville, Pa., will present a lecture, “Reviving and Preserving Antique Autos” at 1:30 p.m. On May 28, enjoy Estate Vehicles such as a 1928 Ford Model T, 1927 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I, 1932 Packard, 1935 Willys 75, 1952 Bentley Mark VI, 1959 Cadillac convertible and more. The shows are unique, high-quality affairs that show a different side of Winterthur, and one well worth seeing. For more, visit winterthur.org/historic-autos. Shows are weather permitting.