Tempe offers a bunch of events this week that can provide a welcome respite from all the holiday frenzy. Not only are there lovely traditional programs, but there are also some that are decidedly non-traditional. One that comes to mind is Tempe’s Stray Cat Theatre’s current production.
As in holiday seasons past, Stray Cat Theatre brings us something different. This year’s offering is a play that is funny and has nothing at all to do with the holidays. It’s All New People, a play written, by the multi-talented Zach Braff. You’ll remember him in his role as Dr. J.D. Dorian in the NBC TV comedy “Scrubs” and as the writer, director and star of the film Garden State.
All New People is a dark comedy. Without giving too much of the plot away, it’s about Charlie who is 35, heartbroken and in the depths of depression. In the dead of winter he goes to a summer vacation beach house where he’s planning to commit suicide. His misery and suicide attempt are interrupted by Emma, an ex-patriot Brit, Myron, a long Island fire-fighter/drug dealer and Kim, an escort girl.
All New People is definitely dark and might not be for everyone, especially holiday purists who love all those holiday movies, TV programs and music and will accept no remakes of the original Sound of Music with Julie Andrews. However, if you ready for a break from all the holiday fru fru, this play might be just what you’re looking for.
You can see Stray Cat’s presentation of All New People at the Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. 6th Street in the Mill Avenue District, December 19-21. For more information and to purchase tickets, visithttp://straycattheatre.org.
If you’re ready for a break from the frenetic pace that often accompanies the holidays, you’ll find many entertaining diversions in Tempe this week. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.
- December 16: Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin: Five Days in November, Changing Hands Bookstore
- December 16-31: Las Noches de las Luminarias, Desert Botanical Garden
- December 17: Open Jam, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- December 17: Beth Lederman & Donna Wilson, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- December 18: Art After Work: “The Dance of the Koi,” Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 18-20: Copperstar Repertory Company: Plaid Tidings – Forever Plaid’s Special Holiday Edition, Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 19-22: Stray Cat Theatre Presents All New People by Zach Braff, Tempe Performing Art Center
- December 19-27: Bryan Callen, Tempe Improv
- December 20: Finally Friday: Bob McCarroll; Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Jon Jesmer, Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 20: Laura Walsh Band; December 21: Ratio, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- December 20: Brian Weaver; December 21:Jimmy Lee Boggs, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- December 21:The Top Cats, Blues, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
- December 21: Kristmaz Khaoz Featuring Capitol CD Release Show with Dead Rabbits, Chivalry is Dead, Romance Mechanics, Marquee Theatre
- December 21: Phoenix Boys Choir “Spirit of Christmas,” Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 21: Love Brokers, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- December 21-22: Childsplay Presents The Velveteen Rabbit, Tempe Center for the Arts
- December 21-22: Peterson House Danish Christmas Tours, Peterson House