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Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe plays at NC Stage through Oct. 7. Despite an off-putting setup (one-man show about American polymath/inventor/author designer Buckminster Fuller), the show is winning rave reviews.

From Mountain Xpress:

Don’t believe all that can be accomplished by one actor, some able directing and a sensational set? Then what you must do is come see this R. Buckminster Fuller, early, so there is time to come back and see it again. You must bring your friends, so you can talk about it over drinks afterward. You must bring your children. They will get it better than you do, having less far to retreat from misinformation. Most of all, you must do yourself the favor of putting on Bucky’s inch-thick glasses and looking at the world with is eyes through two extraordinary acts.

The unmissable R. Buckminster Fuller plays at N.C. Stage through Oct. 7. Get the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Read the full review here.

From Asheville Scene, the insert publication from the Citizen-Times:

Want the most challenging and edifying imaginable lecture on physics, mathematics, history, philosophy and design? You can get all that at N.C. Stage Company’s stunning production of D.W. Jacobs’ “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe.”

While this two-hour monologue isn’t for everyone, any thinking citizen who cares about the social, philosophical and moral condition of our nation and the world — possibly the universe — surely will resonate to this masterful mass of material dealing with all-of-the-above.

With Fuller having spent parts of two years (1948-49) at nearby Black Mountain College, doing his early work on the geodesic dome, Asheville audiences should be even more appreciative of both the genius of the subject matter and of this particular production.

Most of the content is taken directly from Fuller’s writings and recorded lectures with a high point of the script being a rather timely and well-documented tirade against “Wall Street lawyers” who rigged the whole global interaction of the last half of the 20th century.

This and many other topics ring loud and clear in the fine writing of playwright Jacobs and the tour-de-force performance of now-local actor and storyteller David Novak.

Full review here.

What: “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe” by N.C. Stage Company.
When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, through Oct. 7.
Where: 15 Stage Lane, Asheville.
Tickets: $16-$28, $10 students. Call 239-0263 or visit www.ncstage.org.

Also attracting attention is yet another hit local comedy at the Magnetic Field: MILF, the Musical.

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Another review from Asheville Scene:

This older woman-younger man theme goes way back to the April-November relationships in the ancient classics, and the sexually attractive older woman of Mrs. Robinson in the 1960’s “The Graduate.”

This time around it is the non-existent, but threatened affair between a vain young stud and a bored mid-life matron who longs for intimacy but is not the trash her gossipy neighbors would have us believe. “MILF” is actually a sweet story of relational struggles in a snooty suburban ‘hood, with well defined roles in the cleverly scripted drama. The mom is nicely written by Del Vecchio and equally well portrayed by company regular and Asheville native, Tracey Johnston-Crum. It’s a touching and well-developed role with a fine actress at the helm.

Read the full review here.

What: “MILF — The Musical.”
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday through October 13.
Where: The Magnetic Theatre in Magnetic Fields, 372 Depot St., River Arts District.
Tickets: $13 on Thursdays, $16 on Friday/Saturdays. 257-4003.www.themagneticfield.com

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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