Adam Jensen: Theater, skiing and hip-hop at Lake Tahoe this week
The story of traveling salesman Willy Loman may not be the most uplifting tale in the American theatrical canon, but it is an important and engrossing one.
I attended opening night of Lake Tahoe Community College’s production of “Death of a Salesman” last Friday, Nov. 13, and I’m glad I did.
The play is filled with often uncomfortable family dynamics and real-world reflections on life, love, failure and success.
Strong performances by Chris Taylor, as Willy Loman; Aletha Nelligan, as Linda Loman; Matthew Ault, as Biff Loman; and Thomas Lopez, as Happy Loman kept the audience engaged Friday night, as did the “thrust space” created by Theatre Director Susan Boulanger. With the audience sitting on three sides of the actors, it’s hard not to be drawn into the Lomans’ world via the actors’ performances and Arthur Miller’s incredible storytelling.
“Death of a Salesman” may not leave the audience joyfully skipping out of the theater, but it’s sure to move attendees in other ways. If you’ve got the chance to attend, I recommend it.
The play finishes its run this weekend with performances Nov. 20-22. More information is available at http://www.facebook.com/LTCCTheatreArts.
Here are some more picks for this weekend at Lake Tahoe:
Being the avid skier and snowboarder that I am, playing in the snow will probably be on this list until mid-April or so. While terrain is limited at South Shore resorts, it should be a great weekend to get out and stretch your legs before the holiday crowds get here in earnest. Read more about the opening days at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and Heavenly Mountain Resort on pages 6 and 7.
Any self-respecting West Coast hip-hop fan should be familiar with Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief. Only one member of the famed crews, A-Plus, will perform at Whiskey Dick’s Saloon Friday, but he’ll bring a few other Bay Area hip-hop acts along with him to what should be a lively show for the head-nodding set. More information is available on page 10.
Go ON A Hike
Temperatures at lake level are expected to be in the mid-50s this weekend, which should make for some pleasant weather for exploring. A couple of snowshoe/hike ideas at the South Shore can be found on page 5.
Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at email@example.com.