[image-1]THEATER | Meet your match
When Footlight Players’ Artistic Director Robert Ivey saw Match on Broadway, he immediately identified with the play and knew he had to bring it to Charleston. Opening Friday, Stephen Belber’s 2004 play centers on Tobias Powell, an aging bisexual former dancer who now choreographs operas and teaches at Juilliard. A young couple pays a visit to his cluttered apartment to interview him about his life as a dancer and choreographer, but the questions quickly stray from the expected, hinting at a much deeper story beneath the surface. One of the visitors turns out to be a cop with questions about his mother. And Tobi finds that past decisions he’s made have had huge repercussions on the present. The play features seasoned actors David Moon (Tobias Powell), Bettina Beard (Lisa Davis), and Patrick Ryan (Mike Davis). Footlight is teaming up with McCrady’s (just a half block away) for a hard-to-beat dinner/theater package. Enjoy a three-course meal and a ticket to Match for $59.55, including taxes and gratuity. Sounds like a match made in heaven. —EJ Jan. 30-31, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 31, 3 p.m., Feb. 5-7, 8 p.m., Feb. 12-14, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 15, 3 p.m. $25/adult, $22/senior, $15/student, www.footlightplayers.net. Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. (843) 722-4487
DANCE | Not just for the kids
Charleston Ballet Theatre kicked off their first-ever children’s series around the holidays, with a hugely popular production of The Grinch. They sold so many tickets — both to families with kids and nostalgic grown-ups — that they added additional performances, which also sold out. They continue the series this weekend with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (which is indeed grammatically correct — we looked it up). You’ll see all of the characters from the beloved fairy tale — Snow White, the prince, the evil stepmother, and the seven dwarfs — dancing en pointe or partially en pointe. The poisoned apple will even be pirouetting away. This show is sure to be a memorable experience for the young ones in your life, and a memory-inducing experience for yourself. —EJ Jan. 30-Feb. 1. $20, $10/children, (843) 723-7334, www.charlestonballet.org, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Black Box Theatre, 477 King St.
[image-2]EVENT | Baller banquet
Here’s a gala the sports fanatics won’t mind going to. The Hot Stove Banquet, presented by the Charleston RiverDogs and the Citadel, is an annual event that’s sure to whet the appetites of baseball fans who just can’t wait for opening day. Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry is the featured speaker, and current Atlanta Brave and former RiverDogs pitcher Jeff Ridgway will also be on hand. The night kicks off with an open-bar cocktail hour and silent auction, then moves onto a plated dinner, a meet-and-greet with Perry and Ridgway, and more. The silent auction includes great picks for baseball fans like owners’ tickets at the new Yankee Stadium, space at The Joe for your next event, and autographed baseball paraphernalia. Proceeds benefit the Citadel Foundation and MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute. —EJ Fri., Jan. 30, 6 p.m. $65, (843) 723-7241, www.riverdogs.com, Hot Stove Banquet. Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel.
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