Comedy | Friday, Saturday and Sunday

“The Red Velvet Cake War” continues this weekend at Charles Town’s Old Opera House. The Southern- style comedy is the work of the playwriting team Jones Hope Wooten: Jessie Jones, co-author of the funeral comedy that became the 2001 film, “Kingdom Come”; Nicholas Hope, an awardwinning playwright and casting director with experience on stage and at ABC Television; and Jamie Wooten, known for his work as a writer/producer on TV’s “The Golden Girls.”

“The Red Velvet Cake War” continues this weekend at Charles Town’s Old Opera House. The Southern-style comedy is the work of the playwriting
team Jones Hope Wooten: Jessie Jones, co-author of the funeral comedy
that became the 2001 film, “Kingdom Come”; Nicholas Hope, an awardwinning playwright and casting director with experience on stage and at ABC Television; and Jamie Wooten, known for his work as a
writer/producer on TV’s “The Golden Girls.”

Audiences get a second bite at “The Red Velvet Cake War,” a madcap comedy set in Texas during tornado season. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Old Opera House at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets start at $10 for students. To reserve a seat or get more information, go online to oldoperahouse.org or call 304-725-4420.








Michael Milligan wrote and stars in “Mercy Killers,” which examines our healthcare system.

Michael Milligan wrote and
stars in “Mercy Killers,” which examines our healthcare system.


Free film | Friday

Joseph Cotten stars in “The Third Man,” which will be shown Friday at Shepherd University. Admission is free.

Joseph Cotten stars in “The Third Man,” which will be shown Friday at Shepherd University. Admission is free.

The Shepherdstown Film Society presents “The Third Man,” the 1949 British film noir masterpiece starring Joseph Cotten and Orsen Welles. The 7 p.m. showing in Reynolds Hall at Shepherd University is free and open to the public. For details, go online to shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.





Powerful play | March 28 to April 2 

Michael Milligan’s one-man play “Mercy Killers” comes to the Eastern Panhandle next week, with stops in Berkeley Springs (March 28), Charles Town (March 29), Shepherdstown (March 30 and April 2), Martinsburg (March 31) and Ranson (April 1). Admission is free.

Milligan has said that his aim in the play is to show how individuals  swept up in a family medical crisis can easily lose sight of the fact that health care is a complex issue that might be better addressed as a nation instead of a family at a time. The Ohio-born Milligan has said he doesn’t see his work as political, but rather as a morality play and a tragedy.

Reads one review: “This searing one-man show manages to make politics personal, largely thanks to a heart-breaking performance from leading man and Broadway actor Michael Milligan. What could have been painfully simplistic or horribly over-played is executed with considered pace here, in all its devastating detail unfolds.”

For more, go online to mercykillerstheplay.com and for a story on the award-winning play, see the Life section in next week’s Spirit.



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