February 21, 2008...
Conventional wisdom says it's better to not mess with tradition, but playwright Burt Royal doesn't care much about conventional wisdom. In his play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Royal takes the beloved characters of the Peanuts franchise and ages them ten years. Snoopy contracts rabies and Charlie Brown and his crew are obsessed with sex and drugs. It's an unauthorized parody, as you might guess, and it comes to the stage in Birmingham this weekend. Tanya Ott reports...
For this next story, perhaps it's best to get everything out there right away. The idiom "full monty" can mean "the entire amount" or "the real thing." But in the case of the Red Mountain Theater Company's production of The Full Monty, the phrase refers to going completely nude. WBHM's Andrew Yeager dropped by rehearsal and he takes it from here.
You may have seen the movie Steel Magnolias with it's all-star cast of female actresses, but when a local cast of women takes to the stage this weekend - their Magnolias will be even "steelier". As WBHM's Coleman Lipsey reports the Magic City Actors Theatre's production of the play reveals a different view of this modern classic.
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Kirk Withrow didn't pick up his first musical instrument until he was 22. He heard a short music hook in the movie Bonnie and Clyde that piqued his interest. The song was "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Earl Scruggs - and Withrow learned to play it on the banjo. A few years later, while working as a physician at UAB, a patient gave him a cigar box guitar and the rest is history.... (AUDIO MONTAGE)
That last song was God's Gonna Cut You Down from the upcoming CD, Hogtie the Devil by Kirk Withrow.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall with reporting this week from Andrew Yeager and Coleman Lipsey. Next week on the program, a local 11-year-old who's heading to Asia to star in the Sound of Music. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.