Three short films by Charles Chaplin. Payday (1922): The Tramp is an expert bricklayer. He has lots of fun and work and enjoys himself greatly while at the saloon. Sunnyside (1919): The Tramp works on a farm from 4 am to late at night. He gets his food on the run (milking a cow into his coffee, holding an chicken over the frying pan to get fried eggs). The Idle Class (1921): The conflict here is between Charlie the wealthy and alcoholic husband and Charlie the Tramp: the idle rich and the idle poor. Theatre N at Nemours, February 19th, 12 p.m.
Our 2011 A.I. du Pont winner, composer Libby Larsen, was born in Wilmington. We’ll hear her jazz-influenced Fifth Symphony, and welcome a rising German virtuoso cellist with an achingly lyrical concerto by Dvorak. The Grand, February 25th and 26th, 8 p.m.
Described as “…the greatest American play ever written,” the story follows the small town of Grover’s Corners through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die. Riverfront Theatre, February 18th and 19th 8 p.m., February 20th, 3 p.m.
You won’t want to miss the remarkable craftsmanship and incredibly life-like performance of Joseph Cashore’s marionettes. This is sure to be an entertaining, one-of-a-kind theatrical event for all ages. Clear Space Theater, February 19th 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.