Director: Peter Smith
Written by: Jim David
Lead actor: Jim David
The plot: Jim David is a stand-up comedian from North Carolina in a one-man show, "South Pathetic," in which he recounts his misadventures directing a community theater production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in Thermal City, N.C. Along the way, he impersonates all the members of the amateur company, including a crazy diva, a janitor from Bosnia-Herzogovina, a stripper, a high school nerd, a South Asian hotel operator, and a host of others. The play culminates in an eight-minute version of "Streetcar" with David playing all the roles.
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The story behind the show: "South Pathetic" has been performed throughout the country to outstanding audience response. The New York Times wrote: "There's no mistaking the comic's high spirits and wry affection for his hometown." A rave review appeared in nytheatre.com: "Trust me, you won't want to leave and miss a hysterical or touching moment ..." A San Francisco review called the play "a side-splitting frolic -- absolutely terrific." The New York Blade called it "an absolute delight. At turns hilarious and tender, the play is a knowing commentary on life in the arts, the wonder of chasing dreams, and the value of second chances."
Director's take: "Jim and I started developing the show at the Tennessee Williams Center in Sewanee and have seen the play grow in performances at the N.Y. Fringe Festival, the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, The New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the Williamstown, Mass., Summer Theatre among many others," Smith said. "Jim's performance is amazing -- he plays himself and a dozen of the most eccentric and lovable characters. Audiences howl with laughter, and I'm right there with them."
Behind the scenes: Jim David has appeared in his own special on Comedy Central and is a frequent performer in New York, Las Vegas, Chicago and Montreal. Jim also has the distinction of performing a leading role in one of the biggest Broadway flops of all time -- "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public," an ill-fated sequel to the Broadway smash hit, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
Run dates: 8 p.m. March 17-22 and March 25-29; and matinees at 2 p.m. March 23 and 30
Cost: $30 for seniors; $32 for adults; and $16 for active military and students
Details: 843-342-2057 or www.hiltonheadtheatre.com