Live theater in Asheville is all the rage on stage

The North Carolina Stage Company, a professional troupe in downtown Asheville, has just ended its run of “Angels in America,” the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning AIDS-themed drama, which appeared on Broadway. It’s an example of the caliber and diversity of theater in Asheville, most of which is staged downtown at a handful of venues that feature professional and amateur theater companies. Guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, are 10 minutes from the action.

In addition to large, elaborate productions, Asheville is home to a handful of small-scale theater groups that offer a variety of entertainment, including LYLAS (Love Ya Like A Sis), an all-women sketch comedy group, and the Feral Chihuahuas, also a sketch comedy troupe.

“Menopause, the Musical”

This comedic and authentic look at women’s midlife changes will be staged through Nov. 14 at the Diana Wortham Theatre downtown. The rollicking off-Broadway show is among many nationally-touring theater productions staged at Diana Wortham year-round.

A mid-summer night in November

The North Carolina Stage Company will team with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to present a rendition of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Nov. 20 at the Asheville Civic Center downtown.

Asheville Community Theatre

We’ve seen some impressive productions at Asheville Community Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest community theaters, also located downtown. “A Christmas Story” will be staged Dec. 2-12, and David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries” will be offered Dec. 16-19. Next year, Feb. 18-27, the theater will present “Rent,” an AIDS-themed, Tony Award-winning Broadway production.

Stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat to be close to the action on stage!

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, at (828) 545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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