August 17, 2011
Fun / Concerts and Theater / Ring of Fire
Ring of Fire
I have fond memories of my mother dragging us off to summer musicals on rainy days in old barns and Victorian theaters. Nostalgia is one reason I like to get tickets for The Ivoryton Playhouse, but the real motive is I always like what I see. Ring of Fire, now playing, is not a play about Johnny Cash’s life story, but a foot-stomping celebration of his music. A multi-talented cast of musicians sing their way through his many genres (country, gospel and rock ‘n roll) and play a plethora of instruments: accordion, autoharp, washboard, fiddle, mandolin, cello, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, even a wicked drum solo tapped out on a metal chair. I’m not exactly sure what a hootenany is, but those in the know should head to the Ivoryton with their instruments after Sunday matinees for an opportunity to play with the cast. Through 9/4.