Theater, music and boat show on tap for weekend fun

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re in the mood to see a suspenseful play about a nun that secretly gives birth to a child or to check out one of the largest boat shows on the East Coast, Wilmington is the place to be this weekend.

‘Agnes of God,’ a play by Big Dawg Productions, opens this weekend at Cape Fear Playhouse. The drama is set at a convent and the plot focuses on a nun named Agnes who secretly gives birth to a baby.

“It’s kind of a mystery drama, so you don’t really know what happened,” said StarNews Feature Writer John Staton. “The nun talks to a psychologist and the Mother Superior gets involved to protect the nun.”

Another production begins this weekend called Shakespeare Inc. It is a comedy play that questions if William Shakespeare really did write all those works of art. The play will be performed every Friday and Saturday night through October 6 at the TheatreNow located at 19 S. 10th Street. Since this is a dinner-theatre show, they will also serve a British-inspired dinner.

“There’s great food over there as well and Chef Denise Gordon always cooks up something special for their shows,” Staton said.

This is also the last weekend of Violet at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington. The musical, presented by the Opera House Theatre Company, is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim, a short story by North Carolina writer Doris Betts, that follows a young girl disfigured during childhood on her journey to Oklahoma. You can follow Violet’s journey too, with showings beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

If music is more your thing, there are lots of offerings this weekend. Phillip Phillips, the winner of the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012, will perform at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater.

“He has one of the biggest-selling hits called ‘Home’ that came off the show and I imagine Greenfield Lake will be packed out Friday night,” Staton said.

Chris Isaak performs at Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington on Sunday, 7 p.m.

“Known for his songs ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Baby Did A Bad Thing,’ Isaak combines that rockabilly vibe with a little more of a updated, cool hip thing and he’s been around for a long time,” Staton said.

The Dew Drops, a country-western band, will perform Friday night at the Satellite. They play many of the songs made famous by Buck Owens, George Jones, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams.

“They’ve been around Wilmington for a really long time playing different kinds of music and the Dew Drops are about as good as it gets,” Staton added.

If you prefer strolling along the historic Wilmington waterfront, you’ll see lots of yachts here for the annual Wilmington Boat Show which runs Friday through Sunday. According to the show’s website, it is the largest of its kind between Annapolis, MD, and Tampa, FL. You’ll be able to see the boats at the Port City Marina, Pier 33 and the Wilmington Convention Center.

For comedy lovers, Comedian Nate Craig will be at the Dead Crow. Craig is a nationally-recognized comedian known for his feature on MTV’s “Acting Out,” and his time writing for MTV’s “Ridiculousness.”

“He’s kind of a mean comic, he makes fun of people in a funny way but true,” Staton said. “He’s been on Comedy Central and hitting all the late-night shows, he’s good.”

Craig performs Friday and Saturday with showtimes at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.


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