Rhinestone Head-Writer Appears Onstage Despite Everyone Else’s Better Judgment

Hello Rhinestone readers!

If you’ve noticed that there haven’t been any new articles in the last few weeks, well, I apologize for that.  More Rhinestone nonsense will be on its way shortly, but first, I’d like to draw your attention to a great local event that’s going on now: The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 29th annual Shakespeare in the Park!


This year, audiences have the opportunity to view two very different Shakespearean classics.  For comedy fans like yourself, be sure to see The Comedy of Errors, which begins Saturday, August 20 and continues every Saturday & Sunday night through September 18 (with additional performances on September 5, 15, & 16).  In addition to a collection of some of Nashville’s finest acting talents (under the expert direction of NSF Artistic Director Denice Hicks), the cast also includes The Rhinestone’s own creator/editor (me!) playing a number of supporting roles.  For the last several weeks, the rehearsal process has essentially been a third job on top of my two regular jobs, so writing for the Rhinestone (which is more-or-less a fourth, unpaid job) has had to go on brief hiatus.  I urge you to come see the show, featuring original music from a number of local songwriters and a set that will perhaps look oddly familiar, and I guarantee you’ll get more than enough laughter to make up for two weeks worth of Rhinestone posts.  The best part is that it’s FREE!  Of course, if you are able to make a donation to the Nashville Shakespeare Festival to offset the production costs, they always welcome those, too (the suggested donation is $10, which is still less than half of most professional theatre tickets).

For a distinctly different feel, the NSF Apprentice Company (or AppCo) is presenting the classic tragedy Macbeth.  Speaking personally, I’m a huge fan of Macbeth and have seen at least 15 different versions of it (I lost actual count several years back), and the AppCo’s version is one of the best I’ve seen.  Truly, I’d rank it up with the Folger Shakespeare Center’s version directed by Teller of “Penn & Teller”, Orson Wells’ film adaptation, and Akira Kurosawa’s film “Throne of Blood”.  Speaking of blood, if you attend Macbeth, be aware that people sitting near the stage will be spattered with fake blood, but I can speak from experience as an audience member that it washes out completely and easily.  This is a superlative production of one of the Bard’s best works, and something you definitely don’t want to miss.  They will be performing every Thursday and Friday through September 9th, and just like Comedy of Errors, it’s free and donations are accepted/encouraged.

For more information on both of these shows, go to www.nashvilleshakes.org/shakespeareinthepark.htm.  I hope to see plenty of you at Centennial Park in the coming weekends, and be on the lookout for new Rhinestone posts soon.  In the meantime, if you need more Nashville satire to tide you over, check out our compatriots in local silliness Real Nashville News and The Murfreesboro Tribune.

– Bob

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