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Onstage This Week:

At every corner of Wilmington’s creative district, there’s a play to be seen—something much more engaging and interactive than the boob tube’s unoriginal dreck. Some local playwrights are showcasing new works, Pulitzer Prize winners are practically at every turn, and ambitious production companies, as well as the finest talent this side of the Mississippi, are prepared to knock our socks off with a hefty dose of drama!

“Writing Letters”
Brown Coat Pub and Theatre
111 Grace Street

John Grudzien, local playwright, presents his latest production, “Writing Letters,” which focuses on the importance of communication in relationships, skewed or otherwise. The plot revolves around a new tenant, Josh, who begins to open up the previous tenant’s mail, only to find himself spun into a web of love and betrayal with Kate. A romantic comedy, the play reminds viewers that, no matter text or snail mail, honesty in love is still the best policy.
Showings are Thursday through Sunday, 11th through 21st, at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 5 p.m.. Tickets are $10. To find out more information or purchase tickets, call (910) 341-0001 or www.browncoattheatre.com.

“That Championship Season”
Big Dawg Productions
Cape Fear Playhouse
613 Castle Street

Director Lou Criscuolo brings Jason Miller’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning “That Championship Season” to Wilmington this month. The play is about four basketball players and their coach who reunite each year to reflect on a 1952 championship basketball game. The play is set outside of Scranton, Pennsylvania, a place very much rooted in Christian values and the “glory days” of high-school. Its five characters crush under the pressures of adulthood, and in the end help each other cope with mid-life crises and life’s evolving challenges.

“That Championship Season” shows the 11th through the 14th at 8 p.m. or Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $15 to $18; visit www.bigdawgproductions.org for more information.

“Hairspray”
Hannah Block Second Street Stage
120 S. 2nd Street

Director Kevin Lee-y Green goes big with TechMoja’s final production of the year, “Hairspray.” Green has amped up the choreography for this Tony Award-winning show, but the messages of the play still ring true. “It teaches us about loving one another and ourselves,” Green told encore a few weeks back. The show will tackle heavy issues, like racism and prejudices, but remain lighthearted through plenty of poppy music and fun dance moves.

“Hairspray” runs Friday through Sunday, the 12th through 14th, 19th through the 21st, and 26th through the 28th at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m.. Tickets are $15 to18; (910) 341 7860 or www.techmoja.com.

“Proof”
Red Bard Studio
1122 S. Third Street

This weekend will offer Wilmingtonians a final chance to see David Auburn’s “Proof.” The play follows a daughter’s desire to care for her father and herself after his death. With the help of an overbearing sister and a new love interest, the play slips between flashbacks and real time, interspersed with the difficulties of instable circumstances and reminisces of “what-could’ve-been.”

“Proof” plays at the Red Barn Studio the 10th through the 13th at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $25-27. For more information, call (910)762-0955.

“Pippin”
Cultural Arts Building, UNCW
601 S. College Road

Directed by Frank P. Trimble, “Pippin” has caught attention for years as a relatable fairy tale. The play follows Pippin, as he searches for life’s happiness in worldly power on the battlefield, physical pleasure and political conquest. Eventually, he discovers that true wealth exists in family love and the simplicity of home.

The cast makes up UNCW students, and the shows run the 11th through the 14th at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public. For more information, call (910) 962-3500, or buy tickets online at www.etix.com.

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