UVA Drama

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is at the Culbreth Theatre through April 27. Publicity image.

ARTS Pick: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Spelling bound: Contestants in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee process their dreams and self-doubts through song in this quirky, Tony Award-winning musical created by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin. The cast gives words new meaning as students, teachers, and townspeople belt out numbers such as “The Spelling Rules,” “My Unfortunate Erection/Distraction (Chip’s Lament),” […]

UVA Drama presents Stick Fly is at Ruth Caplin Theatre. Martyn Kyle.

ARTS Pick: Stick Fly

Cross examination: In Lydia R. Diamond’s Stick Fly, tension builds over the course of a weekend family getaway to Martha’s Vineyard, where debates about race and privilege cause destructive secrets to be revealed. Director Jennifer L. Nelson says she appreciates the play’s focus on a segment of African American society not frequently seen onstage. “You […]