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At Play: Mary Poppins Plus A Few Good Men


Throughout August the Crown Uptown presents Spring Awakening. Winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards, including those for best musical, direction, book and score, Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1891 German play by the same name. Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of transitioning to adulthood.

Now through September 1 Kechi Playhouse presents Not Now Darling. The play is set in the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley, and Crouch, where Crouch struggles to keep things above board while his partner, Mr. Bodley, tries to secure the affections of a would-be mistress by “selling” her husband an expensive mink coat for a fraction of its real worth. Clothes, furs and scruples all fly out the window in this fast-paced and witty farce.

Music Theatre of Wichita presents Mary Poppins August 9-11 and 14-18. Music Theatre of Wichita is one of the first theatres in the country to develop its own production of this all-family classic.

Coming in September to the Scottish Rite Temple it’s A Few Good Men. The 1989 play by Aaron Sorkin is also familiar from the 1992 screen adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson. Two Marines are accused of murdering a fellow soldier at a U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The accused both claim they were following an order known as a code red. Their lawyer Lt. Daniel Kaffee, with the help of his assistant Sam Weinberg and the persistent Commander Joanne Galloway, must uncover the truth in this politically explosive courtroom drama.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.