All the King's Women

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

For a lot of folks, Elvis Aaron Presley remains the King, even 36 years after his death, and playwright Luigi Jannuzzi has found an engaging way to pay dramatic homage without digging up the corpse. Taking inspiration from the King’s life, with creative filtering through imagined situations, Jannuzzi’s All the King’s Women portrays Elvis fanatics in a series of monologues and scenes that revisit specific incidents in his career and explore their cultural and historical importance. Subject matter includes Elvis’ first TV appearance, his visit with President Nixon, and the reflections of various characters touched by brief encounters with the rock ’n’ roll legend, ranging from a Tupelo hardware clerk who convinced a young Elvis to take up the guitar, to a woman who in 2013 realizes there just might be life beyond the Graceland gift shop. The play has received a growing number of regional productions in recent years, and this Nashville-area premiere could make a trip to Old Hickory’s favorite — and family-friendly — community theater worthwhile. John Carpenter directs, with co-direction by Jennifer Carpenter and Jill Braddock-Watson. The cast features Tammy Sutherland, Beth Henderson and Matt Smith.

Martin Brady

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