February 28, 2018

The Wizard of Oz and Four Other Plays to See

Theater Notes

The Foreigner

The Wizard of Oz It’s a cheerful adaptation of the film, performed by the kids of Brightstone Theatre. A farm girl (Holly Roberson) dreams of faraway adventure and finds it when she lands in a magical world called Oz. In the process, she meets new friends and finds that there’s no place like home. 

The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Herbert Stothart and John Kane, is presented by Brightstone Productions at Brightstone Theatre at 560 Jerry Smith Dr. Mar. 2–3 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3:30 p.m. matinee on Mar. 4. Tickets are $14–$16 and available at 706-205-2599. Visit for more information.

Love, Loss, and What I Wore It’s a reader’s-theater series of stories women tell about “matters of the heart and matters of the closet,” according to Charles Isherwood of The New York Times. Sometimes sad, sometimes sentimental and often witty, you don’t have to be a woman who knows the pain of a bad prom dress, a messy purse and the misery of a dressing room mirror to relish the stories. But having the experience of thinking you just don’t have anything good to wear certainly helps. 

Love, Loss and What I Wore, by Nora and Delia Ephron based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, is presented by Arts!Oglethorpe at the Historic Crawford School Mar. 2–3 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Mar. 4. Tickets are $13–$18 and available at or 706-202-1211.

The Foreigner Set in rural Georgia, The Foreigner has been described as “‘Beverly Hillbillies’ with a social conscience.” Local yokels know British visitor Froggy LeSueur (Tom Manley) from his periodic trips to the nearby army base, and are happy to welcome his friend Charlie (Stephen Parker), who is painfully shy. Froggy tells them that Charlie is an exotic foreigner who doesn’t speak English—but he’s not, and he does. Misunderstanding and silliness ensue when Charlie has to pretend he doesn’t understand all these zany Southerners or their hijinks. 

The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, is presented by Winder-Barrow Community Theatre at the Colleen O. Williams Theater Mar. 2–3 and 9–10 at 7:30 p.m. with 3 p.m. matinees Mar. 4 and 11. Tickets are $10–$13 and available at or 770-867-3106.

Visiting Mr. Green A curmudgeonly old widower, Mr. Green (Jeff Evans), is nearly run over by a busy young executive, Ross Gardiner (Drew Doss), who is then forced by a judge to visit his victim once a week for six months. Neither seems to enjoy the visits at first, but Gardiner begins to provide the help and company that Green clearly needs. Can he turn the grumpy old man into a friend? Performed by two of Town & Gown’s finest actors and under the expert direction of Rick Rose, it’s worth making time to find out. 

Visiting Mr. Green, by Jeff Baron, is presented by Town & Gown Players at the Athens Community Theatre Mar. 2–3 at 8 p.m. and Mar. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at or 706-206-8696.

Almost, Maine A series of short plays about love, the loss of it and hope, including scenes titled “Her Heart,” “Sad and Glad,” “This Hurts,” “Getting it Back,” “They Fell,” “Where it Went,” “Story of Hope” and “Seeing the Thing.” It’s an often surreal and occasionally magical play that includes surprises and laughs. 

Almost, Maine, by John Cariani, is presented by Athens Creative Theatre (Second Stage) Mar. 1–4. For more information, visit or call 706-613-3771.