First: We’d like to thank former Delaware Theatre Company artistic director Anne Marie Cammarato for her years of service to the community. She offered bold productions at the theater, and she will be missed.
Now on to the show. Theatre N will show “Bruce Springsteen’s London Calling: Live in Hyde Park” June 11-12.
Set in London at the Hard Rock Calling Festival on June 28, 2009, this 172-minute film documents a live Springsteen gig, boasting an astonishing 27 tracks.
Because the flick was filmed in HD, you get that sensaround feeling, almost as if you’re bumping into one of thousands of screaming fans. Springsteen directed the E Street Band, but there were no set lists. The music happens organically, as all creative things should.
The set list spans from Sprintsteen’s introspective “Born to Run” era to his “Working On a Dream” times. Springsteen does rare covers of The Clash’s “London Calling,” Jimmy Cliff’s “Trapped,” The Young Rascals’ “Good Lovin’,” and Eddie Floyd’s “Raise Your Hand.”
Here’s the best part. This concert is a fundraiser for Theatre N at Nemours. Springsteen, the cool dude that he is, allowed Theatre N (and all theaters under the Emerging Cinema’s umbrella) to show the flick without receiving any royalties.
Tickets are a tad higher than usual ($15), but worth it. Those extra few bucks will help to preserve our indie house.
Contact info: Theatre N Nemours is located at 11th & Tatnall, inside the Nemours Building in downtown Wilmington. Parking at the City Center Garage is $1 for theater patrons with a validated Theatre N ticket stub. Metered parking is free on week nights after 6 p.m., and all day on the weekends. Visit theatren.org.
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“You Can’t Take it With You,” presented by Chapel Street Players June 11-26, is the classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning Kaufman and Hart comedy about crazy people and a crazy world.
The three-act plot involves the dysfunctional Sycamore family, whose friends—a Russian dance teacher, two amateur inventors, and an ex-grand duchess of Russia—come to dinner on a really bad night. This is the night the Kirbys, the sad, dull and functional family next door, are forced to enter the Sycamore castle. Much to their horror, a Sycamore gal and a Kirby guy have fallen in love. The Kirbys are pretty judgmental folks. They dread the thought of spending time with people who don’t meet their standards.
Granted, the play was written in 1936, but its message still holds. The serious Kirbys stress, worry and panic. The crazy Sycamores make illegal fireworks in the basement. Between the lines, the playwrights ask meaningful questions, thus the Pulitzer: What does all the worry get you? A shorter, unhappy life and lots of health problems? The Sycamores do whatever makes them happy. They don’t take it all so seriously. The point is rather simple: While you’re here, which, in the end, turns out to be a very short time, enjoy the ride. Hmm.
Contact info: chapelstreetplayers.org, or 368-2248. (This show is also a fundraiser.)