HARVIN COLUMN: Plays on tap for downtown, North Charleston

Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre presents an interactive dinner theatre.

Looking for things to do for a night out? This week there are three wickedly different plays to choose from as the spring arts season builds toward Spoleto Festival USA.

This intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” is based on the little fashion book by Ilene Beckerman, who drew sketches of dresses she had worn at various events during her life, with wry commentary about each one.

Like the popular book, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to.

The play is making its regional debut at the Woolfe Street Playhouse as the final mainstage production of the Village Rep’s season in its new venue. The play will be presented for two weekends before moving into the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

It opens May 9 and runs through May 19. The Woolfe Street Playhouse is at 34 Woolfe St. Tickets are $30 for adults; $27, seniors; $20, students. Get tickets at www.villagerep.com or www.woolfestreetplayhouse.com or call the box office at 856-1579.

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Clybourne Park” is a razor-sharp modern follow-up to Lorraine Hansberry’s classic “A Raisin in the Sun.”

It begins in 1959 as residents of a Chicago neighborhood discover that a black family is moving into their white enclave. The second act, set in 2009, returns to the same house as gentrification sets in and the roles are reversed. Tensions rise, ghosts return from the past, and there’s no turning back.

Bruce Norris’ provocative satire explores the fault lines beneath race and real estate over the course of 50 years. The play has won nearly every honor the theater world has to give, including the Olivier, the Evening Standard, the Tony and the Pulitzer.

“Clybourne Park” produced by Pure Theatre opened Friday and runs through May 29. Tickets are $30, adults; $15, student rush with valid student ID available before curtain time. Visit www.puretheatre.org for times, dates and ticket prices. For assistance or questions call 723-4444.

Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre, one of the Lowcountry’s newest theatre companies, will present the North Charleston Arts Festival’s annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre on Thursday

The interactive production, titled “Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery,” is a classic, comic whodunit recommended for mystery fans and adults out on the town.

Guests entering the ballroom to enjoy their meal will discover that they have been gathered to witness the reading of Mr. Body’s will. They also will find themselves under suspicion of his murder.

Patrons will be invited to get in on the action, both as characters in the plot and as solvers of the mystery. The evening’s dinner, catered by Embassy Suites, will feature a grilled cypress chicken entree. Tickets are on sale until Monday.

The dinner theater is in a ballroom at the Charleston Area Convention Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston. Doors open at 7 p.m. for dinner. Tickets are $40 and include dinner, play and gratuity. Parking is free. To purchase tickets, contact Pam Smith with the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department at 740-5847.

Enough Pie is looking for artist proposals for “Awakening,” a one-day art and performance event to breathe new life into 1600 Meeting St. and usher in an era of arts-driven community collaboration for the upper peninsula.

The rooms and hallways of 1600 Meeting, an 86-year-old vacant structure, will be open for creative reinterpretation during the three-day window between cleanup and building renovation.

“Awakening” will be a temporary and site-specific event and artists of all disciplines, whether performing or visual, are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

Proposals are due Monday. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance May 20. “Awakening” is scheduled for early June, but the final event timeline is dependent on the renovation schedule.

For details about the official call for artist proposals, submission instructions and photos of 1600 Meeting, visit enoughpie.org/awakening.

Construction has begun on a new archaeological exhibit at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site near Summerville. The project is a partnership of the American College of the Building Arts, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site and MeadWestvaco and includes a traditional reproduction of the foundation of the Izard House, property of a prominent 16th-century landowner, planter, and politician. Work will be completed by students of the American College of the Building Arts.

The park rests on the site of Dorchester, a trading town that flourished on the Ashley River inland from Charleston from 1697 through the Revolutionary War. When the town was abandoned after the Revolution, the forest and later a community park protected the site, leaving undisturbed evidence of village life just beneath the surface.

Colonial Dorchester has one of the most complete archaeological records of Colonial America. The site is helping to paint a clearer picture of life in Colonial South Carolina and the rest of the American South. The first phase of the Izard House exhibit will be ready this summer.

Reach Stephanie Harvin at 937-5557 or sharvin@postandcourier.com.