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Spring at the Beach Brings Fresh Theater Offerings

Myrtle Beach has such a wide array of entertainment offerings, from the beach itself to Broadway at the Beach’s family-friendly entertainment to the Broadway-style shows at the Palace Theatre, Carolina Opry and Alabama Theatre, it’s almost impossible to be bored when you’re here. But there are also an array of community theater offerings that are fantastic opportunities to see high-quality theater performed in intimate settings, and often with lower price tags than you’d see at the high-production-value shows in town.

Here are a few of the Myrtle Beach theater offerings this spring that you might want to check out while you’re here:

Atlantic Stage
Myrtle Beach’s professional theater company, located at Hwy. 17 North and 79th Ave. North. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays. There will also be a talk-back with the play’s actors after the show on the first and second Sunday matinee performances. Tickets are $10-$27.50.

- Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry, Jan. 9-Feb. 2, 2014
This play is a classic, warm-hearted and funny story that became famous for the Academy Award nominated film it inspired—not to mention the Pulitzer Prize it won in 1988. The play follows the relationship of an elderly southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffer.
- The Nerd by Larry Shue, March 30-April 13, 2014
This comedy has been called “one of the funniest plays ever written,” and had a long run in the U.S. and the U.K. The play follows an architect who is visited by a man who saved his life in Vietnam, but whom he has never met before. The comedy ensues when the visitor turns out to be a “nerd” who overstays his welcome.

Swamp Fox Players
This community theatre, located in Georgetown, S.C., was originally founded in 1982. The nonprofit theater has been bringing quality productions to the region ever since. Tickets are $15 for non-musicals and $18 to musicals, though group rates are available. Full details on this season’s shows are not available yet, but the following show dates have been released:

- The Constant Wife, March 1, 7, 8, 13-15 at 8 p.m.; March 9 and 16 2:30 p.m.
- Boeing Boeing, April 25, 26, May 2, 3, 8-10 at 8 p.m.; May 4 & 11 at 2:30 p.m.

Stage Left Theatre Company
The latest addition to the community theater scene in Myrtle Beach is located in a black box theater in The Market Common. It’s third play will be a Neil Simon comedy:

- Barefoot in the Park, Feb. 20-22, 27, March 1, 6-8 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 22-23, March 1-2 and March 8-9 at 3 p.m. This play takes a look into the lives of Paul and Corie Bratter, newlyweds who are quickly discovering how differently they view the world. The New York Times called it a “bubbling, rib-tickling comedy.”

Have you ever seen a play at one of our Grand Strand community theaters? Tell us what you think!

(posted 12/21/13)

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