Picks of the Week - Happenings
By Chris O'Neal and Michel Miller 09/05/2013
RON WHITE: A LITTLE UNPROFESSIONAL Sept. 6, 8 p.m. Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy phenomenon. His routines relay tales from his real life, ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America. Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit www.civicsartplaza.com.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Sept. 7 and Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m. From Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers. Shot in black and white in a mere 12 days in Whedon’s Santa Monica home, Whedon retains Shakespeare’s dialogue but moves the play to a modern setting. $10. Ojai Playhouse, 145 E Ojai Ave., Ojai. For more information, visit www.ojaifilmsociety.org.
ROBERT E LEE: SHADES OF GRAY Sept. 4-29. Written by and starring Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award-winner Tom Dugan (Bones, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm) who enthralled audiences last year with his portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal at Rubicon, and directed by Artistic Associate Jenny Sullivan, Robert E. Lee-Shades of Gray examines how the most trusted soldier in the United States Army became the most dangerous man in America. Why did this deeply religious father of seven, who was firmly opposed to slavery and secession, reject Lincoln’s offer to lead the Union Army and fight for The Confederacy? 667-2900 or www.rubicontheatre.org.