March 23rd, 2008 · 1 Comment · By

Tonight marks the start of the last week of Barhoppers, playing tonight, Monday, and Tuesday at Rapture. Barhoppers is a long-running offshoot of the also long-running c-ville theatre group OffStage, and it’s a collection of vignettes and one-act plays that take place in, and are performed in, bars.

This time around they’ve been performing the “best of” plays by Joel Jones, a Charlottesville expatriot and playwright. He’s been active in Barhoppers for almost 15 years I believe, and the time was ripe for a retrospective of his work. Joel’s plays are insightful, imaginative, and dileriously funny; and the talented cast has done a pretty damn good job of bringing them back to life.

I caught the show last week and thought it was pretty great, across the board; I mean surely, some parts are better than others, but that’s always the case with a collection of short plays. I also had the unexpected pleasure of seeing it with Joel himself, who was secretly in town and trying to attend incognito. At times he was as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us; some of those plays haven’t been performed here since like, the early 90’s.

Anyway, there’s two acts of seven short scenes, I believe admission is in the $6-$7 range, it starts at 7:30 each night, and you should go check out the show before it closes on Tuesday. It makes for good Easter-night revelry as well, if you’re not into Christian / Pagan holidays or don’t have family around.

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  • 1 James // Mar 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Speaking of local, quality non-traditional theatre : I saw cakes’n’ale’s “The Elvis Project” last night; embarrassingly enough, I hadn’t checked them out yet, despite the fact that I work at the venue where they perform and live with one of the actors.

    Anyway, The Elvis Project was also pretty great; unfortunately, it doesn’t do me any good to tell you to go see it, because last night was the final night of the show. Still, it’d seem negligent for me not to mention that I really enjoyed their show as well.