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July 5, 2002

Beat the summer heat at the Kimball Theatre

The Kimball Theatre on Merchants Square is a good place to beat the heat with a cool lineup of feature films and live performances—from plays and puppet shows to musical matinees—throughout July and August.

Live performances get under way Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a return performance of “Jefferson and Adams,” the story of a turbulent, 50-year friendship told through the correspondence of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and his wife, Abigail. General admission is $12, seniors/students $10. On Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 at 3 p.m., don’t miss the Rainbow Puppets as they present “The Really Big Dinosaur Show,” a fast-paced musical review of prehistoric times that features a T-Rex eight feet tall and a long-necked dinosaur over 16 feet long. General admission is $8, seniors/students/children $6.

Musical matinees continue in July and August with “An Afternoon Music Nostalgia,” featuring a full hour of classic American jazz and pop favorites performed by Jeff Resnick and the Living Room Orchestra. All performances are at 4 p.m. July 7, 14, 20 and Aug. 4 and 17. General admission is $5, seniors/students $4.

In August, the Kimball Theatre will present “Joanna’s Husband, David’s Wife,” a romantic comedy by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey that chronicles the 25-year marriage of two writers passionately stumbling their way through life, love and success. This revival of the New York premier features the direction of Broadway’s Rebecca Taylor and the talents of New York actors Mary Wadkins and Robert Ruffin. Saturday performances will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 17, and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. All seats are $15.

The Rainbow Puppets return in August with an exciting new production, “Jonah,” based on the traditional Old Testament tale of Jonah and the whale. In one of the most elaborate productions the troupe has created to date, theatergoers will be awed by a six-foot whale puppet that swallows Jonah during a terrible storm. General admission is $8, seniors/students/children $6.

Summer programs at the Kimball Theatre include a selection of the some of the best in current foreign and arts films, such as:

  • "Human Nature,” July 9-11 at 7 and 9 p.m. When Lila Jute (Patricia Arquette), a nature writer with excessive body hair, meets Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins), an obsessive/compulsive scientist attempting to teach table manners to mice, the two begin an unlikely romance. Entertaining social satire. Rated R.

  • “The Cat’s Meow,” July 12-18 at 6:45 and 9 p.m. Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich takes a look at a fateful excursion aboard William Randolph Hearst’s private yacht in 1924 that brought together some of the century’s best-known personalities and resulted in a still-unsolved and hushed-up killing. Stars Edward Kerrmann, Kirsten Dunst and Cary Elwes. Rated PG-13.

  • “Frailty,” July 19-22 at 7 and 9 p.m. A multi-layered thriller starring Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton. Set in Texas, the story centers on the FBI’s search for a serial killer who calls himself “God’s Hands.” Also stars Luke Askew and Matthew O’Leary. Rated R.

  • “Stolen Summer,” July 23-25 at 7 and 9 p.m. A touching tale about life, families and the power of a child’s faith, the film chronicles the friendship of Pete O’Malley (Adi Stein) and Danny Jacobsen (Mike Weinberg)—two friends on a quest to change the world at age eight. Produced by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Moore. Rated PG.

  • “Triumph of Love,” July 26-Aug. 1 at 6:45 and 9 p.m. Mira Sorvino plays a cross-dressing princess who falls in love with a young, inexperienced scholar in this adaptation of the 18th-century play by Marivaux. His rationalist philosopher guardian Hermocrates (Ben Kingsley) has raised handsome Agis (Jay Rodan) to hate women, so the princess disguises herself as a man and crashes their secluded villa. Rated PG-13.

  • “The Lady and the Duke,” Aug. 2-5 at 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. Lucy Russell gives a superb performance as the headstrong, political, beautiful and daring Grace Elliott, whose real-life memoirs inspired the film. Jean-Claude Dreyfus plays the duke. Set during the turbulent French Revolution, the story follows their friendship through the fall of the Bastille and the king’s execution. French with subtitles. Rated PG-13.

  • “Nine Queens,” Aug. 6-8 at 6:45 and 9 p.m. It’s hard to guess who’s outfoxing whom in this caper from Argentina involving $450,000, nine rare stamps, a sexy temptress, a rich Venezuelan, and many twists and turns. Spanish with subtitles. Rated R.

  • “13 Conversations About One Thing,” Aug. 9-12 at 7 and 9 p.m. Five stories woven into a single tale examine the dramatic impact people have on one another. Starring Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro and Clea DuVall. Rated R.

  • “Son of the Bride,” Aug. 13-15 at 6:45 and 9:15 p.m. At age 42, Rafael Belvedere (Ricardo Darin) is having a crisis, and a series of unexpected events leads him to re-evaluate his life. Spanish with subtitles. Rated R.

  • “Baran,” Aug. 16-19 at 7 and 9 p.m. In present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Iranian worker, is drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat’s secret changes both their lives. Farsi/Dari with subtitles. Rated PG.

  • “Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India,” Aug. 20-22 at 7 p.m. Nominated for an Oscar in Best Foreign Film, this film is a musical drama that tells the story of a central Indian farming village in 1893. The rains have failed, and the people hope they will be excused from paying the crippling land tax imposed by the British rulers. Instead, the officer in charge challenges them to a game of cricket. If they win, he will grant their wish. If they lose, the taxes will be tripled. Hindi and English with subtitles. Rated PG.

  • “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” Aug. 23-29 at 6:45 and 9 p.m. Over the course of the summer, two 17-year-old best friends live out a carefree cross-country escapade with a gorgeous older woman and find a connection with each other, themselves and the world around them. Spanish with subtitles. Not rated (film contains explicit sexual content and language, drug use).

  • “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Aug. 30-Sept. 5 at 6:45 and 9 p.m. History tells us that Napoleon died in exile on the island of St. Helena. Or did he? Find out in this comedic, heartwarming tale of fate and friendship. Rated PG.

  • For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588. Advance tickets for all performances are available by calling toll-free (800) HISTORY or by visiting any Colonial Williamsburg ticket office.

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