I'm excited about "The Aluminum Show," which settles into Knight Theater on Jan. 12. The next cool theatrical offering is... hang on as I check the schedule ... ummmm ... nada. Not a sausage. The slate is as blank as a lazy student's mind during a surprise quiz.
Theatrically, the Knight remains a promise waiting to be kept - the promise of a venue with excellent sight lines, comfortable amenities and a cozy feeling, a place ideal for intimate drama too small to belong in the Belk Theater but too big for Booth Playhouse.
The Performing Arts Center's current Broadway Lights season contains no straight plays. That's partly because few are touring, but partly because the expense of putting a play in the 2,100-seat Belk often doesn't make sense. (The Knight is about half that size.)
Douglas Young, director of theatrical programming for the PAC, said the organization had a shot at two touring dramatic productions this season: "Boeing-Boeing" and "August: Osage County."
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The PAC passed on both, partly because the season was already so strong and partly because either might've been a tough sale in this economy.
The Knight may change things. Plays could run two weeks instead of one, schedule permitting, to build word of mouth. Crowds of 700 would look more like a full house than a weak turnout. The PAC wouldn't lose spots at the Belk that can be filled by lucrative musicals.
I can't wait to see what happens.