Theatre Three announces 50th season

At a luncheon today at the Chase Bank Rotunda downtown, celebs and local talent turned out to pay tribute to Jac Alder, the longest-serving theater artistic director in America — a stunning achievement. Alder co-founded Theatre Three in 1961 and has been with it ever since. And today, they announced the company’s historic 50th season. The line-up (one mainstage show is still TBA):

Wild Oats, a Wild West adaptation of John O’Keefe’s 18th century comedy, adapted by Texas playwright James McLure (Aug. 11-Sept. 10)

A Catered Affair, a recent Broadway musical adapted from the Paddy Chayefsky teleplay and the Bette Davis film written by Gore Vidal. Harvey Fierstein wrote the books, John Bucchino the score. (Oct. 13-Nov. 12)

La Bete,  about the life of Moliere. (Dec. 8-Jan. 14)

The Farnsworth Invention, Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) wrote this acclaimed Broadway play about the invention of television. (Feb. 14-March 17)

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which Tommy Tune recently declared one of his favorite musicals of the last Broadway season about the young soldier and politician. (June 7-July 7)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

T3's gay-friendly season

Theatre 3 begins its 49th season this summer, and the line-up includes plenty of gay and gay-friendly content. In addition to shows under the auspices of folks like Terry Dobson and Bruce Coleman, the slate features these productions:

Songs from an Unmade Bed. This cycle of songs by lyricist Mark Campbell includes music from a variety of composers, including Jake Heggie, whose Moby-Dick is at the Winspear now. Opens Sept. 3 (in Theatre Too).

33 Variations. This hit from last year’s Broadway season was written by Laramie Project creator Moises Kaufman. Opens Sept. 30.

Tales from Mount Olympus. A puppet show premiere from local playwright-director Bruce R. Coleman. Opens Oct. 29 (in Theatre Too).

The Drowsy Chaperone. The best score Tony winner from a few seasons back is a slap-happy valentine to the giddy joy of bubble-gum Broadway musical, with a gay narrator recounting with catty enthusiasm his favorite old-time musical. Opens Dec. 2.

Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them. This new comedy by gay playwright Christopher Durang gets props for its title alone. Opens March 11 (in Theatre Too).

—  Arnold Wayne Jones