ARTS Pick: The Fantasticks

Four County Players’ production of The Fantasticks spins traditional matchmaking into a topsy-turvy story of young love. Photo: Edward Warwick White Four County Players’ production of The Fantasticks spins traditional matchmaking into a topsy-turvy story of young love. Photo: Edward Warwick White

“It is September, before a rainfall…a perfect time to be in love,” sets the stage for The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical. The show, which ran off-Broadway for 42 years, portrays the machinations of two feuding fathers and the love story that unfolds between one’s son and the other’s daughter. The tale is humorous and heartfelt, capturing the exciting, terrifying feeling of young love. The musical expresses its message best through memorable songs crafted by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones—you’ll be singing “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” long after the curtain falls.

Through 3/29. $12-16, 8pm. Four County Players, 5256 Governor Barbour St., Barboursville. (540) 832-5355.

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