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September 16, 2008

Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre features side-splitting performances during September and October

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. ? Enjoy loads of laughs at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre during September and October. The fun begins when Chicago’s legendary comedy theater group, The Second City, returns to the Kimball Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has been the training ground for comedy’s best and brightest. Its alumni include John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Martin Short, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. An evening with The Second City gives audiences the chance to see comedy stars in the making and the opportunity to see satire and cutting-edge improvisation. No topic or subject is off limits; if your parents asked you not to speak about it at the dinner table, chances are you’ll see it on stage. Not recommended for children. General admission tickets are $25 and seniors/students $20.

Laughing Redhead Studio presents Clean Comedy Night on Oct. 4. Michael Rayner and his wife Moira Quirk can be seen. He is an audience favorite, performing more than 10,000 shows for corporations, clubs, colleges and theme parks. His combination of tricks and stunts, uproarious stand-up and improv is a hit with all ages. He has been likened to Steve Martin and Robin Williams and has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Sesame Street,” “The Extreme Gong Show” and other television programs.

Moira Quirk was raised in England. Her first American role was as Mo the Referee on Nickelodeon’s popular sports game shows “Guts” and “Global Guts.” She has hosted other television specials and events for Nickelodeon all across the United States and the United Kingdom and currently can be heard on the Nickelodeon cartoon “My Life as a Teenage Robot.”

Virginia Premiere Theatre presents the regional premiere of Nixon’s Nixon at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25. Nixon is about to announce his resignation, and he has summoned Henry Kissinger. Nixon is willing to concoct any twisted plot that will allow him to stay in office. Kissinger wants him to resign. As the two of them struggle for power, they revisit the climactic events of Nixon’s administration and impersonate a dazzling array of characters from Brezhnev and Mao Zedong to Kennedy. This timely political satire, directed by Rebecca Taylor, combines outrageous comedy with frightening glimpses into presidential politics. General admission tickets are $25 and students and seniors $20.

The Kimball Theatre will host several concerts in September and October. The Williamsburg Charity Concert Series presents Bobby Blackhat Blues 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Bobby “Blackhat” Walters, blues harmonica player, vocalist and songwriter, is a treat for blues lovers whenever he takes the stage. Walters, the 2004 and 2005 Blues Entertainer of the Year, and his band will perform classic, modern and original blues tunes that will keep your toes tapping throughout the evening. The performance is sponsored by the Rotary Club of James City County. All proceeds will be donated to the eradication of polio worldwide through the Rotary Club’s Polio Plus Program. All seats are $15.

The Big Bamboo Radio Show will visit the Kimball Theatre at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 3 and is part old-time radio comedy show, part musical revue and part Polynesian night club. This theater variety show takes its inspiration from a multitude of eclectic historical venues and artists. No other show can boast this lineup: witty and charming hosts, talented guest performers, an absent-minded house band and a giant spirit-possessed tiki head. This show is recorded for radio broadcast on Big Bamboo Show’s partner station 100.9 FM WRRW, so bring your loudest cheering voice. For more information, go to All seats $7.50.

The College of William and Mary’s Sinfonicron Light Opera Company presents Gala 2008 at 2 p.m. Oct. 18. Join us as William and Mary’s student-run Sinfonicron Light Opera Company presents their fourth annual gala event at the Kimball Theatre. The afternoon, hosted by Steve Clement, will consist of a variety of duets, trios, quartets and more from operettas and musicals spanning more than 150 years. All proceeds will go toward supporting the company’s 42nd production, “The Secret Garden,” which will be produced in January 2009. For more information, please contact or visit All seats are $15.

The Williamsburg Symphonia presents Masterworks: Subscription Concert #1 at 8 p.m. Oct. 28-29. Tickets are $30 and $42, and are available through the Williamsburg Symphonia by calling (757) 229-9857.

Guests can experience performances from the 18th-century stage. During Conversations with a Founding Father, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and the Marquis de Lafayette played crucial roles in the founding of the American republic. They were all sons of Virginia and part-time residents of Williamsburg. Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or a Good Neighbor Card will gain admission to this program.

Our 1st First Lady Remembers features Martha Washington reflecting on her long life after her husband’s retirement from the presidency. Sept. 7, 21, Oct. 12, 26, Nov. 2 and 16 at 11:30 a.m. General admission is $5, seniors/students $4.

Before the circus and vaudeville, there was the grand medley. Grand Medley of Entertainment was the type of variety show that entertained George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. Colonial Performance Ticket is $12.

Presented in Williamsburg by the American Company of Comedians, Wit’s Last Stake returns Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 8 p.m. with beautiful costumes, elaborate wigs and the magic of the old colonial playhouse. Colonial Performance Ticket is $12.

Dean Shostak’s ability to combine music, history, art and science makes his concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family. Dean Shostak’s Crystal Concert can be heard Sept. 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, Oct. 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. He showcases classical and traditional music from around the world on glass armonica, Japanese glass violin, English glass handbells, French cristal baschet and the 1823 American glass grand harmonicon. All seats are $7.

The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre Box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®,” a dramatic live street theater presentation, is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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