Who can forget pre-Lord of the Ring's Elijah Wood's performance of one of American literature's famous characters, Huck Finn? I sure can't...but not because of the actor (or the acting, for that matter). Well believe it or not, the man that brought you (and Elijah) Huckleberry Finn and almost as famous, Tom Sawyer, contributed so much more to literature than just these two precocious characters. Backwoods, blue grass, danger and drama, nuanced with wit and humor, are key tenets in the majority of the famous works of Mark Twain. Almost lost among them, the short story, A Murder, A Mystery, & A Massacre, has been recovered and mastered for the stage and includes a kind of drama that would make Tom and Huck proud. On Thursday at the Courtyard Theatre, Rover Dramawerks presents a musical adaptation of love, greed, murder, and truth in a way that will surely be entertaining and uniquely Mark Twain. The production runs through March 20 and tickets are $15 to $18. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with one matinee performance scheduled for March 13 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit roverdramawerks.com.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 13, 2 p.m. Starts: March 4. Continues through March 20, 2010