Shakespeare Festival play a treat

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 17, 2006

To the Editor:

Looking for something to do this weekend, in my opinion, take in a play at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. “Honky Tonk Angels” is currently running on the festival stage through Sept. 3. It is a must for all country music fans to see.

The play is full of Southern humor, drama and good country music. The play is for the entire family.

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“Honky Tonk Angels” is about three ladies who meet with similar backgrounds and decide they wanted to form a country music group, to become professional entertainers at a Nashville Honky Tonk.

The play was written by Ted Swindley, the author of “Always Patsy Cline.” The play is full of twists and turns surrounded by a lot of your favorite country songs. To include: “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ With Loving on Your Mind,” “Stand by your Man,” “Nine to Five,” “I will Always Love You” and “I’ll Fly Away,” etc. Each song represents a story of what the character is going through at the time of their life.

The play is full of a lot of colorful costumes and a lot of quick changes not a dull moment on change. The band is a full six piece country band with a fiddle, pedal steel guitar, drummer, bass and keyboard and a lead guitar.

The band is tight and plays the music like it is supposed to be played, country style. The play ends with a moral, leave home to accomplish your goals and dreams.

AS accommodates everyone, no one’s personal limitations or handicaps are overlooked. If you need large print programs, they’ll get it for you. If you need a signer, because you are deaf, that will be taken care of as well.

I saw someone signing the entire lay, on this night to a group that was hearing impaired. ASF wants all audiences to feel a part of the play and enjoy it to the maximum.

For more information on “Honky Tonk Angels,” call the ASF box office at 1-800-841-4273. I can truly say it will be worth the drive to Montgomery to see.

That is the way I see it!

William H. Bowman