Need to laugh? Need to cry? Need a little mystery? The fall season of live theater here in the Tri-Cities is PACKED with amazing productions that will give you all the feels! This season is marked by an awesome array of shows form a Shakespearean classic to a modern musical (well, sort of). CBC, Mid-Columbia Musical Theater, The Richland Players and The Rude Mechanicals all have shows opening in the coming weeks, and to be honest, you have to make time to see them all.

The Rude Mechanicals

The Rude Mechanicals, our Shakespeare company, is bringing us the classic, Hamlet. One of two things just happened when you read that: YAY or NAY! People often think of Hamlet as just Hamlet talking on stage for hours on end. And while, yes, he is a bit on the chatty side, the Rude Mechanicals are known for taking Shakespeare's works and making them enjoyable and understandable for both fans of the Bard, and those who cringe when he's mentioned. If you think you won't enjoy a Shakespeare show, I dare you to go to an RM show. With experienced actor Cameron Milton in the lead as Hamlet, and veteran director, teacher, and Artistic Director of RM, Ellicia Elliot in the director's seat, this is sure to be yet another amazing production from the Rude Mechanicals. Along with a KILLER cast, you will NOT want to miss out. The show opens in Pasco at the Scarlett Room on October 25th and runs through November 3rd. To get tickets to the show, click here!

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On November 2nd, the Richland Players open Jack Heifner's "Vanities", directed by Cyndi Kimmel. Come meet Mary (Diana Milton), Kathy (Christy Valle), and Joanne (McKenzie Kennedy), in a bittersweet comedy that is an astute, snapshot sharp chronicle of the lives of three Texas girls. In 1963, Joanne, Kathy, and Mary are aggressively vivacious cheerleaders. Five years later in their college sorority house, they are confronting their futures with nervous jauntiness. In 1974, they reunite briefly in New York. Their lives have diverged their friendship, which once thrived on assumption as well coordinated as sweater sets, is strained and ambiguous. Old time banter rings false. Their attempts at honest conversation only show they can no longer afford to have very much in common. Click here for info and tickets!

Choose your own adventure musical? Is this a thing? YES! While you may not have heard a lot about The Mystery of Edwin Drood, you will not be able to stop talking about it after you've seen it. The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives. The show is based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel of the same name. In small town of Chesterham, England, the young and charming Edwin Drood has been mysteriously murdered. But by whom? His leering romantic rival, John Jasper? The infamous purveyor of opium and vice, Princess Puffer? The mysterious Landless twins, newly arrived from Ceylon? Or someone else even more dastardly and villainous? Dickens passed away before he was able to reveal the culprit. Rupert Holmes’ award-winning musical solves this predicament by asking the audience to choose which character is the killer by putting it to a vote. The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens November 9th. Get more details and tickets by clicking here!

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On November 14th, Columbia Basin College (CBC)  is producing, "I Now Pronounce," a comedy about pretty much everything going wrong on your wedding day! Seriously, you won't believe the craziness that unfolds! To find out more about CBC's Production of "I Now Pronounce," and to get tickets, CLICK THIS RIGHT HERE.