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Doubt: You decide;  Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

Doubt: You decide; Savannah Community Theatre brings ‘parable’ of our times to Tybee Post

By Ji Morekis/Connect Savannah

THE STAGING of Doubt: A Parable by Savannah Community Theatre is certainly timely, given recent headlines.

“News broke about that all that stuff that happened in Pennsylvania about a week and a half after we decided to do the show,” producer Tom Coleman says, referring to last year’s report that the predatory activities of over 300 priests had been covered up by the Catholic Church in that state.

“It was eery.”

However, the decision to produce Doubt – an ambiguous character study taking place in a Catholic school in 1960s New York City – came about for a bit more mundane reason. The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, was one that Coleman’s friend and fellow theatre maven Carl Rosengart had urged Coleman to do. So they agreed to team up together as director and producer to add it to Savannah Community Theatre’s season at Tybee Post Theater. Read More:

Savannah Community Theatre performs Tony Award winner at Tybee Post Theater

Savannah Community Theatre performs Tony Award winner at Tybee Post Theater

By Kim Wade/SMN

John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable” won the Tony Award for Best Play and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama before being made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Now this powerful drama will make its way to the Tybee Post Theater with Savannah Community Theatre Feb. 1 to 3.

Local favorite and Savannah Community Theatre founder, Tom Coleman III, will direct this impressive lineup of local actors. He is actually stepping in for injured director Carl Rosengart, but Rosengart has remained plugged in to help bring this show to Tybee audiences. Read more:

Coastal Living: ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’ returns to Tybee Post Theater

By Christopher Berninato/SMN

When the Tybee Post Theater was in its early stages of restoration, The Coastal Cohorts performed their popular environmental musical, “King Mackerel & the Blues are Running,” twice on Tybee Island to help raise funds for the project.

Now that the theater is complete, songwriter Jim Wann and his cohorts are finally getting a chance to perform their acclaimed show on the Tybee Post Theater stage for the first time.

Wann developed “King Mackerel” in the mid-’80s with his songwriting partner Bland Simpson and with Don Dixon, a musician and producer who has produced albums for R.E.M. and Hootie and the Blowfish. Wann had great success with his Tony-nominated Broadway production “Pump Boys and Dinettes” and was looking to create another show.READ MORE …

Coastal Cohorts expand three-decade legacy of ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’

Coastal Cohorts expand three-decade legacy of ‘King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running’

Acclaimed trio of musicians brings their long-running musical to the Tybee Post Theater

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

THE MEMBERS of the Coastal Cohorts have achieved significant success individually, but together they’ve accomplished a truly impressive feat – keeping a musical running for over 30 years. King Mackerel & the Blues Are Running is a unique show that is comprised of just three cast members and has been staged up and down the East Coast since the mid-1980s.

The trio, who has previously performed the show twice on Tybee Island, is bringing their beloved musical to the Tybee Post Theatre on Jan. 26 and 27 with proceeds going to the theatre as well as The Dolphin Project.

Jim Wann, a successful Broadway writer and composer known for his hit show Pump Boys and Dinettes, originally teamed up with Red Clay Ramblers pianist Bland Simpson and producer Don Dixon to create an environmentally-conscious show about southern coastal life. Read More…

Totally redeux: Southern Holiday Jazz Band reinterprets ’80s favorites at Tybee Post

Totally redeux: Southern Holiday Jazz Band reinterprets ’80s favorites at Tybee Post

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

For Savannah’s Southern Holiday Jazz Band’s Jan. 18 show at Tybee Post Theater, singer Jane Ogle and company will be covering hits from the ’80s, which may seem like a big departure for them, but is actually not unprecedented in jazz tradition.

“It’s not exactly new to us to do arrangements of more contemporary work,” Ogle explained. “It’s what jazz is, or at least, it’s part of the history of jazz. If you think of ‘jazz standards’ going all the way back to the 1930s, when jazz was very new and innovative as a style of music, musicians would take songs that were popular in sheet music form that everybody had on player pianos or were popular thanks to Broadway shows and put jazz arrangements on them. So, that’s what we’re doing with contemporary music.” Read More …

Barefoot Comedy returns with big names, auction to benefit Savannah Wildlife Rescue Center

Barefoot Comedy returns with big names, auction to benefit Savannah Wildlife Rescue Center

By Kim Wade/SMN

Collin Moulton has been a professional comedian for 20 years now. He’s known for his work on Dry Bar Comedy, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Amazon and “Last Call with Carson Daily.”

Locals are getting to know his work better with his Barefoot Comedyshows that have been running at the Tybee Post Theater for the past several years.

But for Moulton, who moved to Savannah a little more than three years ago, comedy isn’t just a career choice, it’s an obsession.

“I’m obsessed at a really high level,” he said. “I didn’t feel I had much choice about doing anything else. While some dabble in stand-up for fun, any comic you see doing it as a career is obsessed with it. You have to be.” Read More …..

Drivin N Cryin brings retrospective show to Tybee

Drivin N Cryin brings retrospective show to Tybee

Singer and songwriter Kevn Kinney looks back and looks ahead

By Sean Kelly/ConnectSavannah

SINCE the ’80s, Drivin N Cryin has walked the line between criminally underrated and critically lauded. They’re a band that isn’t confined by genre, and often seem to musically do whatever they want. That sense of creative freedom has awarded them some commercial success over the years — particularly with their acclaimed 1989 album Mystery Roadand the follow up Fly Me Courageous.

The band has experienced something of a resurgence in the last several years, thanks to a multi-generational following as well as some higher profile artists covering their songs. Songwriter and band leader Kevn Kinney formed the band in Atlanta in 1985, and continues to push the group ahead with a consistent output of new music. The band is prepping a new album for 2019, but is set to start the year off with a pair of shows at the Tybee Post Theater on Jan. 11 and 12

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Universal praise for “First Man” @ TybeePost Jan. 3-5

Universal praise for “First Man” @ TybeePost Jan. 3-5

By Jim Reed/SMN

On Jan. 3, the Tybee Post Theater begins a three-day run of Oscar-winning Best Director (for 2016′s retro-nouveau romantic musical “La La Land”) Damien Chazelle’s latest motion picture — and his second to star Ryan Gosling — “First Man,” a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong that focuses on his early days as a test pilot and the preparations for his historic 1969 Apollo 11 moon mission. The film has won near-universal praise for its execution and for the performances of both Gosling (as Armstrong) and Claire Foy (as the astronaut’s first wife Janet).

Variety Magazine said of the lengthy (141-minute) film that it was “so revelatory in its realism, so gritty in its physicality, that it becomes a drama of thrillingly hellbent danger and obsession.” By all accounts, it’s a picture whose scope and subject matter demand that it be seen in a true theatrical environment, which makes the cozy, 200-seat Tybee Post a wonderful spot to catch the picture. The film, which was released in October, has grossed over $100 million to date at the box office. 7 p.m. showtimes Jan. 3-5, with a 3 p.m. matinee Jan. 5.

 

Dare to dip at annual Tybee Polar Plunge

Dare to dip at annual Tybee Polar Plunge

By Christopher Berinato/SMN

The saying goes, that which doesn’t destroy us only makes us stronger. Well, what better way to toughen yourself up and start the new year strong than by running headlong into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean?

Tybee Island is continuing this wild tradition with its annual Tybee Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. READ MORE

Local favorites return for Tybee Christmas Cabaret

Local favorites return for Tybee Christmas Cabaret

By Kim Wade/SMN

If you still haven’t had the chance to see Broadway entertainer and Tybee Island resident Jim Wann perform live, then you’re in for a treat.

Along with a handful of other local favorite artists, Wann will team up again for their second annual Tybee Christmas Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Tybee Post Theater.

Wann, a part-time Tybee resident and renowned composer, songwriter and performer, says the concert is in a variety show format with all-local artists and will feature holiday classics, spirituals and carols. READ MORE