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Gridiron premieres Wednesday at Rep


No one in the state’s political and news-making realm is safe when the Pulaski County Bar Association brings out its Gridiron every two years. This season’s show, “In the Ring,” opens Wednesday, Aug. 9, with a special Premier Night Party. The comedy and musical spoofing will continue with shows through Saturday, Aug. 12, on the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Main Stage.

The actors and actresses are members of the Bar Association, or their spouses or friends. Among the regulars who will return, under Jana Hendrix’s direction and choreography, is Kathryn Pryor, who performs locally at such venues as the Weekend Theater. The cast numbers 61. The show is produced by Judge Mary Spencer McGowan.

“Part of the fun and tradition of Gridiron is the secrecy of the show itself,” McGowan said. “Months of planning and preparation have gone into this production.” The writers take popular Broadway tunes and rewrite the lyrics for scathing commentary on popular and political Arkansans. Music director Lori Isner leads a seven-piece band.

Tickets for Wednesday’s premiere are $50 each, with the reception and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. and performance at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Pulaski County Bar Foundation.

Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, 7 p,m, and 9 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, with all seats $30.

Call the Rep at 378-0405 for tickets.

Hot fun from Pagans

The Red Octopus sketch-comedy troupe presents the fifth installment of its annual summer show, “Sweatin’ to the Pagans,” opening Monday, Aug. 7, at Easy Street Cabaret and running through Saturday, Aug. 12.

If you know Red Octopus, you know that nothing’s sacred, and the Pagans will take on killer sharks, black bears, Fox News, gay marriage, vacations, water skiing, beach blanket bingo, sweaty politicians and more.

The cast features Sandy Baskin, Jeremy Bragg, Josh Doering, Michael Henderson. Jason Gregory, Regi Ott, Evan Tanner, Jason Thompson, Nora Wells and Jason Willey, with original music provided by Chad “ Buddy” Habig, a regular pianist at Easy Street.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. each night and admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. All shows are non-smoking. Easy Street is at 307 W. Seventh St. Call 372-3530 or 301-8007.

Travs continue homestand

The Arkansas Travelers are home through the middle of next week with series against the Springfield Cardinals and the Frisco RoughRiders at Ray Winder Field.

Thursday’s game with the Cards starts at 7:10 p.m. and features bingo, with Alltel’s NASCAR car on display. On Friday, the first 1,000 paid adults will receive Ray Winder Field figurines, while the first 1,000 kids receive a Sports Pack. Gates open at 5 p.m., and KABZ-FM, 103.7 “The Buzz” will hold a celebrity softball game at 5:30 p.m.

Jermain Taylor bobblehead dolls will be given away to the first 1,000 paid adults before Saturday’s 7:10 p.m. game, and children can run the bases after the game.

After a day off Sunday, the Travs meet Frisco for single games Monday through Wednesday starting at 7:10 p.m. each night. Tuesday’s game is “Clunker Car Night,” with a used car given away every inning.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children, with discount coupons available for some games. Call 664-1555 for visit www.travs.com.




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