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Saturday, October 27, 2012

In the Heat of the Night takes us back

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM

That old-time aroma of Deep South bigotry is in the air as In the Heat of the Night takes us back to Argo, Ala., in 1962. A white man has been murdered, a black man has been arrested, and local Klansmen are thirsting for blood. Only, the black man is LA's top homicide detective, Virgil Tibbs — a dude who not only knows how to fend for himself, but is also the town's best hope, for solving the horrific crime.

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Theatre Charlotte is presenting the local premiere of Matt Pelfrey's stage adaptation of the 1967 Oscar-winning film, leaning heavily on the original novel by John Ball. Ron McClelland stars as Tibbs and the malevolent Lamar Wilson tackles the role of Sheriff Gillespie — which catapulted Rod Steiger to his Academy Award. Director Dave Blamy is probably pinching himself after landing a seasoned cast and design team that refutes the notion that this is "merely" community theater. Robert Crozier, Jennifer Barnette, Dan Brunson, John Hartness, Josh Looney, and Ted Weiner are among the blue-chippers. $25. Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Oct. 28, 2:30 p.m., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2-3, 8 p.m., Nov. 4, 2:30 p.m., Nov. 7-8, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9-10, 8 p.m., Nov. 11, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

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