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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Nov 10, 2011)

This week, theatre show openings take the stage across the metro.

The University of Oklahoma Lab Theatre presents “Two Gentlemen of Verona” now through the 13th. Shows begin at 8:00 p.m. daily through Saturday, with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Directed by Rena Cook, this retro rendition of the Shakespearian romantic comedy is set in the surf culture of the 1960s. The play maintains the same themes of love, friendship, and foolishness of lovers, but is different than the operatic or rock musical adaptations written since the original.

Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre performs “Next to Normal” as it continues its 10th Anniversary Season. The rock musical opens on November 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Freede Little Theatre of the Civic Center Music Hall. Loss, suicide, drug abuse, psychiatry, and suburban life are woven together to tell the story of a family coping with a mother’s bipolar disorder. “Next to Normal” received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and is only the eighth musical in history to do so.

The University Of Central Oklahoma School Of Music puts on a showcase “Opera Scenes: An Evening of Love” November 10th and 11th. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond. UCO opera students dramatize a series of opera scenes centralized around love from composers such as Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, and from several operas including “The Tales of Hoffman” and “Don Giovanni.” The various operatic musical styles, languages, and scenes aim to show how love can manifest in different ways.

The Reduxion Theatre Company of Oklahoma City revisits “Hamlet” with performances from now until the 19th. Shows on Thursday through Saturday begin at 8 p.m. at The Broadway Theatre in OKC. “Hamlet” was the first play The Reduxion Theatre Company produced under its current name in 2006. It is performed using only seven actors, a concept that allows actors perform multiple roles.

There are also many arts and craft shows and markets this weekend.

The 25th Annual Fall Peace Festival is a holiday shopping bazaar hosting social justice, environmental, religious, and special interest groups.

The Earthglow Market benefits local missions with sales of holiday décor, specialty items, and home interior decorations.

The 18th Annual Beavers Bend Folk Fest and Craft Show takes place this weekend, and the Southern Nazarene University Arts Festival is on Saturday.

For more events, visit our calendar page.

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