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Theaters full in Carson City

Sam Bauman
Appeal Staff Writer

Quite a full theater week for Carson City. Three shows open:

“Forever Plaid” features four singers killed in a crash and then revived to live their musical dream. It opens the 16th anniversary season of the Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company in Marlette Hall at Western Nevada Community College’s Cedar Building with a dozen performances Friday-April 9.

En route to pick up custom-made plaid tuxedos, a singing quartet is slammed broadside by a school bus and killed instantly. It is at this moment, when their careers and lives ended, that the story of “Forever Plaid” begins.

“Forever Plaid,” starring Steve Murdoch, David Tillitt, Steve Meyer and Alan Jones, is produced and directed by Stephanie Arrigotti with choreography by Gina Kaskie-Davis.

Admission is $18 general, $16 for students and seniors, and $14 for youth 17 and younger. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Then the Brewery hosts “A Couple of Blaguards,” by Frank and Malachy McCourt. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and March 31 and April 1 at the BAC Performance Hall, 511 W. King St.

Tickets are $22 general and $18 BAC members, seniors and students. Call 883-1976 or visit http://www.breweryarts.org for tickets and information.

Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes” has sold well into the millions and has been translated into at least 26 languages. Actors are Howard Platt and Mickey Kelly. This is a new direction for the Brewery.

Of course, there’s also “Suessical, The Musical.” What a fun show for all the family.

Trailblazer

Alica Stuart was in the forefront of the rock ‘n’ roll world back in the 1960s when she played guitar with Jerry Garcia, Asleep at the Wheel, Tower of Power and Elvin Bishop. The group Taj Mahal said of her, “Alice cut the road that Bonnie (Raitt) traveled. She took time off in the 1980s to raise a family, but returned to music in 1996. Since then, she’s produced a series of CDs.

She’ll play Comma Coffee on April 6, so if you want to hear a real pioneer, don’t miss her.

Laugh time

Any time I need a laugh, I only have to go to Esquire magazine’s mens (no apostrophe in mens, say the fashion police) fashion. April’s issue had these recommendations for fashion-caring males: Santonini’s Oleandro loafer ($1,950); three-piece wool suit, $2,000; silk pocket square, $80.

As a former magazine editor and writer, I recall days tasting wine for an article and singing praises for the lofty priced bottles and wondering afterwards if anyone was foolish enough to believe what I wrote.

Suspect the Esky editors get a lot of laughs out of such fashion idiocy.

From the vaults

I missed “The Bourne Supremacy” when it played locally, but out on DVD it caught my eye.

Unfortunately, it failed to catch the mind. This has to be one of the most mixed up, confused thriller films in a long time. Star Matt Dillon wanders Europe, with guns at hand, no matter how many flights or trains he takes. He’s on the lam after a botched CIA op, in which he killed two people, man and wife.

Meanwhile, the CIA thinks he’s been turned and is out to get him. Lots of authentic scenes around Europe, but not a lot of original thought. Skip it.

• Sam Bauman is entertainment editor for the Nevada Appeal. Contact him at sbauman@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1236.