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Sunset Boulevard on Tybee

Sunset Boulevard on Tybee

By Jim Reed/SMN

The Tybee Post Theater’s Girls’ Night Out series of beloved Hollywood features continues Sept. 20, with a bona fide timeless classic: director Billy Wilder’s iconic 1950 film noir “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden as, respectively, a delusional silent film star in extreme denial of her fall from popularity and an unsuccessful screenwriter who attempts to help rehabilitate the actress’ career.

The dark and dread-filled film, which posits Swanson as a woman so haunted by her past successes that she becomes a hermit, boasts unexpected cameos by a handful of real-life silent film-era stars and big-name cinema directors.

It was described by Time Magazine as “Hollywood at its worst told by Hollywood at its best,” and went on to be one of the very few films to receive Oscar nominations in all of the following categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Musical Score. It won three of those Oscars. So yeah, it’s like, real good and stuff.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see it on the big screen as its creators intended almost 70 years ago. 7 p.m. showtime. Admission includes your choice of a beverage (beer, wine or soft drinks), and a limited number of pre-show three-course dinner packages at the 80 East Gastropub a few blocks from the Post are available for an additional fee. Those dinner packages must be reserved online in advance through the theater’s website.

Are you 60 and like sex? You’ll love this play!

Are you 60 and like sex? You’ll love this play!

This production has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.

By Nancy Wellard/IslandPacket

You need not have experienced sporadic memory loss, hormonal upsets, hot flashes or even passed your 60th year to laugh your head off at “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!”

But there is no doubt that based on the suppressed giggles and loud, raucous whoops, many in the packed house clearly fit that profile.

Theatergoers may know the creative work of the Florida playwrights Michael and Susan Parker, who wrote the play. The British born couple, now living in Florida, have a list of enormously successful plays. I bring this up because their British beginnings seem to add a wonderful kind of English drawing room comedy/farce element to this fast paced, slightly screwball piece.

Funny, filled with energy and a bit raunchy, the evening handles, among other things, libidos, trysts, and little blue pills. There is also a leit motif dealing with life issues, determining futures, venturing on in life, and values.

The storyline, set in the present, begins in Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast somewhere in the South..

Mrs. Stancliffe, (Kay Owen) herself a mature woman, is anticipating the arrival and return visit of three women who have ripened, come of age or are in their prime and are revisiting their southern weekend outing.

Mrs. Stancliffe, rigid and somewhat inflexible, is something of an OCD hostess, compulsively checking the time and organizing the books, the registrations or the iced tea table. The visitors arrive individually. We meet Victoria Ambrose (Connie Hoskins) a successful romance novelist who is suffering something of a literary block and feels unable to put the finishing touches on her latest book; Charmaine Beauregard, (Carol Miller) a Southern belle with a drawl so broad you could drive a John Deere tractor right through it, who is looking for a little spice in her life; and Hillary Hudson (Anne Helm), a kind of insider who appears to share the others’ interest in enjoying the setting and even possibly a little U-turn on the highway of life.

Very early on you’ll meet Bud Davis ( JT Chinn) who calls himself Bud “The Stud.” He thinks he’s quite the Lothario or Casanova as he shuffles around the cottage displaying a serious Quasimodo “my back’s out” posture, while he is focused on getting to know any of these Cottage guests … in a Biblical way. He lets us know that he’d be more specific about the women, with whom he shares a history, if he could only remember who they might have been, and oh, their names.

The other man in our story is Henry Mitchell (Michael Ryan), a man of substance, a retired chemist and a neighbor who has truly been hopeful for a serious and permanent future as the husband of the prickly Mrs. Stancliffe, a widow of some 20 years. He proposes daily, and she has for years and years, turned him down.

Henry and Bud are friends, of course, and its not long after Bud describes his particular interest in the cluster of female possibilities before Henry mentions to Bud that he has developed a kind of female medicinal formulation, a little blue pill that he calls Venusia. When he describes its properties, we, in the audience, can absolutely anticipate what is about to happen.

Needless to say, there is lots of activity — choreographed entrances and exits, slamming doors, and pratfalls particularly — when the bottles and their contents emerge at various locations and around the iced tea table.

Those same magical little bottles, along with their contents and positioning, become a kind of star of the show, and in so doing, take our story along another path.

Directed by Margy Oehlert, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty!” becomes the entertaining outcome of the creative collaboration of Coastal Stage Productions founding partners, Rodney Vaughn and Luke Cleveland, with the support of the crew members and of course, the excellent cast.

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

Malcolm Holcombe’s Pretty Little Troubles

Singer-songwriter returns to Savannah with new album

By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah

THE VOICE of Appalachia will resonate through Tybee Post Theater this weekend.

Singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe brings his timeless, Southern-steeped sound back to Savannah. The North Carolinian has spent his career capturing the character and cracks of his Blue Ridge Mountain home, spinning stories of callused hands, struggles, and seasoned experience with a warmly ragged voice and authentic, spellbinding poeticism.

Born in Asheville and raised in Weaverville, North Carolina, Holcombe played as a member of several regional bands as a young man, shifting into a solo career later on. Later, he teamed up to perform in a trio with Ray Sisk and released an album, Trademark, in Sam Milner.

The 1990s found Holcombe in Nashville; in 1996, after performing at countless open mic nights, he signed with Geffen Records. He released his debut record, A Hundred Lies, in 1999 through Hip-O Records.

Over the years, he has released 13 total solo albums, composed for Jonah Smith and Jonathan Edwards, and contributed to several compilations. Throughout his career, Holcombe has shared the stage with performers like Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Cat Power, Richard Thompson, Wilco, Shelby Lynne, and more.

Currently, Holcombe is touring in support of his latest album, Pretty Little Troubles, released on April 7, 2017 through Gypsy Eyes Music.

Holcombe entrusted Darrell Scott, a friend of around 27 years, to produce the record. A prolific singer-songwriter and member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, Scott offered a keen eye and trusted intuition for the project.

“I just wanted some camaraderie with brains,” Holcombe says of the collaboration. “We’d just pick each other’s brains, hang out, sit and play some music, and have a good time. We’re friends. We work together when we can and try to exist on the planet like everybody else. We got together, Darrell brought the engineer, we did some pickin’, and we just tried to put some chords to these baby dolls.”

“We’re all songwriters,” he continues. “Everybody’s a songwriter. And we’re all storytellers, even the old cave paintings. That’s about what we’re doing these days–making up stories, trying to keep each other on the planet. Some of are trying to hep each other while the other ones are destroying each other. It’s a yin and yang thing, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”

Pretty Little Troubles unique, shadowy Americana is flush with banjo, violin, Celtic musings, and bluesy moments. A master storyteller, Holcombe creates a portrait of the hardships of his home over the album’s twelve tracks.

Holcombe wrote the contents of Pretty Little Troubles over the course of a few months.

“I would get up every morning, chain smoke, drink coffee, and go from there,” he says of his process. “I eat a couple eggs, try to get out of bed, open my eyes, and take it from there.”

He credits his wife with selecting the album’s centerpiece song as its title track.

“She’s a god title picker,” he attests. “I always bounce ideas off of her. It’s good to have someone you trust grease the frying pan a little bit, you know, trying to cook up an idea.”

Holcombe looks forward to returning to Savannah, where he’ll take the stage with Jason Bible of The Train Wrecks.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he says. “My wife’s coming with me — we love the area.”

The next best thing: Rolling Stones tribute show rolls to Tybee

The next best thing: Rolling Stones tribute show rolls to Tybee

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

The Rolling Stones are arguably the greatest rock band in the world. Consequently, if you want to see them live, you might have to shell out upward of $1,000 a ticket. Fortunately, Satisfaction, the international Rolling Stones tribute show, is coming to Tybee Post Theater on Sept. 1 to help “get yer ya-ya’s out.”

Chris LeGrand, Satisfaction’s executive producer and uncanny Mick Jagger clone, founded the show in 2000 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.

“There were a lot of Beatles tributes on the road, but I hadn’t seen a full-time Rolling Stones tribute show touring around the country, so I started one back home,” says LeGrand.

Since then, Satisfaction has performed thousands of concerts around the world in different iterations. “Symphony for the Devil” had the band performing with symphony orchestras. They have done unplugged shows playing deep album cuts. They have even teamed up with the Beatles tribute, Abbey Road, in a musical showdown called “Beatles vs. Stones.”

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A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum flies into Tybee Post

A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum flies into Tybee Post

By Asha Gilbert/Connect Savannah

WITH well-known local performer Les Taylor leading the all-star cast, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum is the biggest production from the Tybee Arts Association since their production of Wizard of Oz in 2011.

“This play is something I’ve wanted to do for over 40 years … it’s one of the funniest musicals ever written,” says director Renee DeRossett. Read more …

Randall Bramblett brings ‘Juke Joint’ to Tybee Sat. night

Randall Bramblett brings ‘Juke Joint’ to Tybee Sat. night

y Molly Hayden/DoSavannah

Randall Bramblett wants to loosen up and have a little fun. And it shows.

His latest album, “Juke Joint at the Edge of the World,” is a nod to the places where unscripted music takes center stage — where folks gather to dance, forget their troubles and reminisce. Luckily, fans can join in this quest Aug. 4 at the Tybee Post Theater for a night of music with the Randall Bramblett Band.

“Our latest collaboration represents a place where music just happens,” Bramblett said. “It allows us to stretch out; to play around.”

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Savannah songwriters pay tribute to the legends at Tybee Post

Savannah songwriters pay tribute to the legends at Tybee Post

By Joshua Peacock/SMN

Four Savannah songwriters have been tapped to pay tribute to four legendary singer/songwriters this weekend at the Tybee Post Theater.

Jason Bible, frontman for The Train Wrecks, singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver, Aaron Zimmer of City Hotel, and Stacey ‘Stace’ Mattox Pandya will honor Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine and Carole King on July 28.

Local singer/songwriter Tom Cooler produced the tribute show, calling on some of the area’s best songwriters for the unique showcase. Read More …

Run into Charlie Fog at the Tybee Post Theater

Run into Charlie Fog at the Tybee Post Theater

A group full of fans, they’ve culled their experiences together to create a consistently authentic Dead experience

By /ConnectSavannah

SINCE 2011, the Charlie Fog Band has been playing the music of the Grateful Dead. A group full of fans, they’ve culled their experiences together to create a consistently authentic Dead experience.

Their Tybee Post gig Saturday is their third at the venue.

The band — the name comes from the Dead tune “Tennessee Jed” — consists of Dan Berman on lead guitar, Jim Todesca on rhythm guitar, Peter Roaman on bass, Hugh McLauren on keyboard, Billy McIntosh on drums, and James Gartside on percussion. Read more …

click to enlargeFrom left to right: Peter Roaman, Jim Todesca, Dan Berman, Hugh McLauren, and Billy McIntosh. Not pictured: James Gartside.

  • From left to right: Peter Roaman, Jim Todesca, Dan Berman, Hugh McLauren, and Billy McIntosh. Not pictured: James Gartside.

We caught up with Dan Berman and Peter Roaman last week.

Chasing Coral: Beauty under threat

Chasing Coral: Beauty under threat

By Jim Morekis/ConnectSavannah

THIS weekend, Tybee Post Theater hosts a free screening of one of the most gorgeous films you’ll ever see — most of it filmed underwater.

The Netflix-distributed Chasing Coral documents in vivid fashion the extraordinarily fast-moving and destructive phenomenon of coral bleaching.

Due to the rising temperature of the oceans, water chemistry changes and the world’s coral reefs are literally bleached white — weakening them and dramatically affecting the entire ocean ecosystem.

Director Jeff Orlowsky’s previous film Chasing Ice (2012), also dealt with climate change – except in the much different shooting environment of the shrinking glacier fields in Greenland, Iceland, and Alaska.

Donations are accepted at this screening, to benefit the Grays Reef Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

We talked to Orlowsky about the new film, and about coral bleaching itself.

Chasing Coral is a natural sequel to Chasing Ice, as both deal with climate change. Was that part of the plan?

Orlowsky: The idea for Chasing Coral came after the first film was done. We were working with connected communities, and hearing stories about how these issues work together.

I was blown away to learn that a quarter of all marine species spend time on a coral reef at some point.

I knew nothing about that at the time. It’s fascinating. I saw it as a sign of yet another ecosystem changing rapidly. So we went about this film with a similar way of thinking. These reefs are going through massive changes.

There are lots of problems, but the coral bleaching is directly linked to temperature rise. That’s the scary part. But coral can recover, based on all factors being alleviated and working in its favor.

click to enlargeDirector Jeff Orlowski.

  • Director Jeff Orlowski.

Many directors of ocean documentaries already have extensive experience in underwater cinematography. But you and your crew really didn’t before this film.

I do now! (laughs) I had gotten a scuba license and was comfortable enough in the water that I saw that as a way to be able to get more into the idea of underwater filming. It was a very steep learning curve, because the team was not all experienced in this type of cinematography. But in retrospect we all ended up embracing it. I look back at some of the early footage and it looks pretty bad! (laughs)

Yet this is really a beautiful film. You let the visuals tell the story, instead of hitting the audience over the head with information.

We honestly wanted to literally give as little info as necessary, just enough for people to get a sense of the real impact. We go on adventures, and there is a natural storytelling instinct that kicks in. We wanted to make a film first, and first and foremost tell a human story. Then of course we wanted to really show the shock and awe of what’s happening to that ecosystem.

You show time-lapse images of how quickly the coral bleaches, sometimes over the course of mere days.

That was one of the biggest learning curves. We were all surprised at how quickly the reefs change. We were watching it happen literally every day.

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Chasing Coral

Friday, July 6, 7 p.m., Tybee Post Theater

Admission is free, but donations gratefully accepted to benefit Tybee Post and Gray’s Reef Foundation

Reserve your seat at : https://tybeeposttheater.showare.com/

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Underhill Rose: moving musical mountains

Underhill Rose: moving musical mountains

North Carolina roots duo brings live album to Tybee Post Theater
By Anna Chandler/ConnectSavannah
Underhill Rose

Tybee Post Theater

Friday, June 29, 8 p.m.

$18 adults, $10 children via tybeeposttheater.com

FOR ALMOST ten years, the duo Underhill Rose has shaken up the Americana scene with melt-your-heart melodies, luminous arrangements, and unforgettable live performances. Featuring Molly Rose on guitar and Eleanor Underhill on banjo, the North Carolina band has gained international recognition since its formation.

In the last four years, Underhill Rose has independently released two albums in the top of the Americana Music Association Airplay Chart and Roots Music Report Chart; their second record, Something Real, peaked at number 18 on the AMA Charts, was named an AMA Top 100 Album of the Year, and even scored in the top 25 of the EuroAmericana Chart, Freeform Americana Radio, and The Alternate Root “Roots 66” Charts. Underhill Rose celebrated their third record going number one on The Roots Music Report’s Progressive Bluegrass Album Chart for over nine weeks in 2015.

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PHOTO BY SANDLIN GAITHER
Photo by Sandlin Gaither
The band returns to Savannah with a new album in tow. Underhill Rose Live showcases the band’s strengths in a stripped-down environment where stories are told, instruments are played beautifully, and inimitable chemistry is witnessed by lucky audiences.

We caught up with Underhill and Rose to chat about their college jam sessions, their brave decision keep it indie, and the inspiration behind their songs. Read More