Theatre Listings: October 2018

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Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s vibrant arts community has a lot happening in October. Check out all the upcoming shows from local theaters and universities performing this month.


September 13th-October 7th
Tuck Everlasting
Nashville Children’s Theatre

25 Middleton Street
Nashville, TN 37210

After adventuring beyond her white picket fence, “good girl” Winnie Foster meets the energetic teenager Jesse Tuck, who leads her on an unexpected, magical journey. Soon she is faced with an extraordinary question: If you could choose to live forever, would you? Based on the best-selling novel by Natalie Babbitt, this heartfelt Broadway musical is full of soaring melodies and mischief.

Showtimes: Fri 7:00 p.m. Sat/Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and are available at

September 28th-October 6th
As You Like It
Belmont University

1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, 37212

Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. As You Like It subverts the traditional rules of romance. Gender roles, nature and politics are confused in a play that reflects on how bewildering yet utterly pleasurable life can be.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri 7:30 p.m. Sat/Sun 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets for General Admission start at $10, Fac/Staff/Alumni start at $5 and Belmont Students are Free. Tickets are available at

October 4th – October 6th
La Traviata

505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219

In the decadent scene of the Paris underground, worldly courtesan Violetta Valery finds true love for the first time—the young, romantic Alfredo Germont. But when she attempts to escape the life that has been slowly—and literally—killing her, she finds her world just won’t let her go. Verdi brings to life the bittersweet human quest for love and redemption with signature style and masterful musical power. Trust us…there’s a reason this one’s a fan-favorite.

Showtimes: Thurs 7:00 p.m. & Sat 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $26 and are available at

October 4th -7th
All My Sons
Austin Peay State University

601 College St.
Clarksville, TN 37044

How far would a man go to protect his family, his interests, and his legacy? Joe Keller, the patriarch in All My Sons, desperately wants to secure and maintain the financial security and legacy he spent so many years building, ready to hand it down to his surviving son Chris. To complicate this family drama, Chris and Ann are in love and want to get married. In All My Sons, Arthur Miller creates a post-war American family in a tragic downfall of lies, greed, love, and loss, and demands its audience examine their own social responsibilities to all the sons of American wars.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sat & Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at

October 5th- October 7th & 11th- 13th
Stupid F*cking Bird
Act 1

4610 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209

This modern day spin-off of Chekhov’s The Seagull puts a satyric twist on a classic.  An aspiring young playwright/director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be. In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sun. 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

October 5th-21st
HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
Lobby Theatre

2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208

Celebrating the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory with an energetic rock beat. HAIR explores ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace as it examines what it means to be a young person in a changing world.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sun 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at

October 5th-21st
Jekyll & Hyde
Center for the Arts

110 West College Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37310

An evocative tale of two men – one, a doctor, passionate and romantic; the other, a terrifying madman – and two women – one, beautiful and trusting; the other, beautiful and trusting only herself– both women in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret. Rated PG-13

Showtimes: Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $11 and are available at

October 5th-7th, 11th, 13th & 14th
The Language Archive
Vanderbilt University

2201 West End Ave.
Nashville, TN 37235

George, a linguist who specializes in dying languages, can’t figure out what to say to Mary, his wife, to keep her from leaving. Emma, a student of languages, doesn’t know how to tell George she loves him. Alta and Reston, the last speakers of their language, struggle to remain on speaking terms. Quirky and wryly comic, The Language Archive explores what is lost and what is found in the gaps between what we mean and what we say.

Showtimes: Oct 5, 6 at 8:00 p.m., Oct 7 at 2:00 p.m., Oct 11 at 7:00 p.m., Oct 13 at 8:00 p.m., Oct 14 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets starts at $7 and are available at Sarratt Box Office.

October 9th-14th
The Play That Goes Wrong

505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219

What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You’d get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London’s award-winning smash comedy! Called “a gut-busting hit” (The New York Times) and “the funniest play broadway has ever seen” (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering “a riotous explosion of comedy” (Daily Beast). Welcome to opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), it’s “tons of fun for all ages” (HuffPost) and “comic gold” (Variety) – sure to bring down the house!

Showtimes: Tues/Wed/Thurs at 7:30 p.m. Fri at 8:00 p.m. Sat at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. & Sun at 1:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at

October 11th-October 13th
What I Want to Say But Never Will
Tennessee State University

3500 John A Merritt Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37209

If you could say anything you wanted, without any consequences or judgment, just what would you say? Based on student responses from around the country, What I Want to Say But Never Will explores this simple but intimate question, offering a glimpse into teenagers’ most private thoughts. Told through monologues and anecdotes from the playwright himself, these confessions range from a hilarious rant on an art teacher’s bad breath to a touching piece of advice from a brother leaving for the Navy.

Showtimes: Thurs/Fri at 7:00 p.m. & Sat 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at the TSU Performing Arts Center, Cox/Lewis Theater.

October 11th
Wait Until Dark
Actors Pointe Theatre

170 d E Main St. #236
Hendersonville, TN

A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy. Sam was persuaded to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that inside were several grams of heroin. Then the doll goes missing. The con men, in search of their doll, convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in a woman’s murder, and the doll, which she believes is the key to his innocence, is evidence. She figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. Roat kills his associates and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. Susy knows the only way to level the playing field is to turn off all the lights leaving both of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends. A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene. “WAIT UNTIL DARK is a tense thriller.” —NY World-Telegram & Sun. “…a first rate shocker…the suspense drama we’ve long awaited eagerly.” —NY Post

Showtimes: Tues/Wed/Thurs 7:30 p.m. & Matinee Tues. Oct. 18th 10:00 a.m. Tickets start at $13 and are available at

October 12th-14th. 19th-21st, 26th-28th
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Murfreesboro Little Theatre

702 Ewing Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Here is the spooky classic story by Washington Irving, presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. The storybook tale revolves around the main characters—the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina and Ichabod’s brutish rival, Brom Bones. There are also six characters who play storytellers, keeping the action and pace moving throughout. This adaptation remains dedicated to the spirit of the original work yet expertly involves young people with lots of suspense and comedy.

Showtimes: 7:00 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and are available at

October 12th-13th
Falling Out
Oz Arts Nashville

6172 Cockrill Bend Cr.
Nashville, TN 37209

It was first sensed in the way a daughter’s tutu crept across her bedroom floor, impelled by the breeze of a nearby window. The unseen effects of radiation came to mind, of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan, and its resulting nuclear disaster. New York-based Phantom Limb Company began an exploration of our current climate crisis with 69˚S. in 2012 and Memory Rings, which premiered at OZ Arts in 2015. Falling Out is the third and final installment in the trilogy, and asks the question, “how do we define hope?” Puppetry, video, original music, flex dance and Japanese Butoh swirl in a diaphanous installation, thanks to support from the Japan Foundation and others. OZ Arts is proud to present the world premiere of Falling Out.

Showtimes: Fri at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at

October 12th-October 20th
Steel Magnolias
Maury County Arts Guild

6172 Cockrill Bend Cr.
Nashville, TN 37209

Steel Magnolias is a stage play by American writer Robert Harling, based on his experience with his sister’s death. The play is a comedy-drama about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana.

Showtimes: Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. & Sun 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

October 13th-November 3rd
A Doll’s House, Part 2
Nashville Repertory Theatre

505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219

Picking up fifteen years after the events of Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll’s House, this play examines what happens when Nora reopens the door to her family life that she closed so long ago. Finding herself in a legal bind, Nora returns to the husband and children she left in pursuit of her true purpose. The broken family must now confront the complexities of feminism and the price of independence – if it can be attained at all.

Showtimes: Wed/Thurs 6:30 p.m. Fri 7:30 p.m. Sat 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available at

October 18th-October 20th
Seven Deadly Sins

505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37219

Back by popular demand, Christopher Stuart’s exhilarating collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter collective Ten Out of Tenn exposes the most sinister side of society as the protagonist confronts his demons in a performance that will haunt viewers long after the curtain falls. Challenging the viewer’s perceptions of ballet, Jennifer Archibald’s Superstitions blends the precision, technicality and athleticism of tradition with contemporary dance styles as Christina Spinei’s composition mirrors the convergence of past and present. “With his usual wit and intelligence, [Christopher] Stuart has created an imaginary setting…that gives his choreography the freedom to flourish and to grow beyond what is expected. His dancers respond beautifully to his vision, bringing it to life with a sense of urgency.” – Jeffrey Ellis, Broadway World (2017)

Showtimes: Thus/Fri/Sat 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at

October 19-21
The Barbershop Theater
Gadabout Theatre Company

4003 Indiana Ave.
Nashville, TN 37209

Freshman year at college is hard when your roommate is weird, you’re feeling homesick, and a hook-handed serial killer is slashing girls’ throats. But if Lexi can discover what really happened to her high school best friend on that car ride to the movies, everything will be okay. In this existential slasher comedy, Lexi and her friends learn what it means to grow up – and it’s not pretty. Hookman is a lethally sharp and witty examination of death, young adulthood, and the power of the stories we tell each other and ourselves. Oh, and there’s blood. Lots and lots of blood.

Showtimes:Fri/Sat/Sun 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

October 19th- October 20th
The Rocky Horror Show
South Jackson Civic Center

404 South Jackson St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388

Join us for the cult classic “Rocky Horror” as we follow the adventures of Janet and Brad, two young lovers who are lured into a weekend of insanity at the castle of Dr. Frank N Furter. You will meet all types of people and be a part of all the craziness of this cult classic. Goody bags will be available for purchase so that you can be a part of this fun show!

Showtimes: Wed/Thurs 8:00 p.m. & Midnight. Tickets start at $15 and are available at

October 20th
The Taming of the Shrew
Pop UP-right Shakespeare!
Location: TBA

6 Nashville directors will stage lively upright readings of the Bard’s plays in surprise locations in & around Nashville. You will be texted the location 24 hrs in advance!The next POP-UPright Shakespeare play of the season is The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Kim Bretton. Location details will be announced on Friday, October 19th.

Showtimes: Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets available at