Lawrence Toppman

Davidson Community Players announces a love-laden 2017 season

Davidson Community Players traditionally offer a farce in the summer at Duke Family Performance Hall. This shot comes from “Don’t Dress for Dinner.”
Davidson Community Players traditionally offer a farce in the summer at Duke Family Performance Hall. This shot comes from “Don’t Dress for Dinner.” Davidson Community Players

Love comes in countless forms, and Davidson Community Players has counted off five for its 2017 season: The love of an orphan for a mutt and a billionaire, the love of old people in the face of death, the love of an oversexed Frenchman for stewardesses – OK, that’s lust – the love of a mentally ill woman for a life she can never have, and the love of a deceased mom for the daughter she left behind.

The company has just announced its slate and put tickets on sale. A package of all five mainstage shows, which divide between Armour Street Theatre and Duke Family Performance Hall on the Davidson College campus, costs $98-$105 ($85-$92 for seniors, $60-$67 for students). You can also get three-show packages, separate tickets to the new bonus show in March ($12-$20) and a $25 pass to all three shows for children done by the Connie Company.

Here’s the breakdown:

“A Streetcar Named Desire,” Feb. 23-March 12, Armour: Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-winning drama about two sisters betrayed and abused by the same man gets a rare local airing.

“Annie,” June 22-July 2, Duke: The Tony-winning Meehan-Strouse-Charnin musical about a Depression-era girl adopted by Daddy Warbucks gets a not-so-rare local airing.

“Boeing-Boeing,” July 20-30, Duke: Marc Camoletti’s farce about a Parisian juggling affairs is both the most performed French play in the world and, in this English translation, won a best revival Tony.

“On Golden Pond,” Oct. 5-22, Armour. It’s a Tony season! Ernest Thompson’s drama about a married couple near the end of life also won a best revival Tony for an all-black production in 2005.

“Mom’s Gift,” Nov. 30-Dec. 17, Armour: Phil Olson’s comedy revolves around a mother who, a year after her death, shows up at a family gathering to earn angel wings by guiding an angry daughter.

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” March 30-April 9, Armour. This is the bonus show, a musical about the mating game by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts.

The Connie Company shows are scaled-down musicals at Armour: “The Wizard of Oz” (Jan. 27-Feb. 5), “Willy Wonka Jr.’ (April 28-May 7) and “The Lion King Jr.” (Nov. 3-12).

Details: 704-892-7593 or davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Toppman: 704-358-5232

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