As we enter the second week of Spoleto, we’ve already bid adieu to a few shows. Corella Ballet, Taylor Mac, Dianne Reeves, the Shock T’s, and others are well on their way to wherever artists go when they’re not performing at Spoleto. If you missed out, we hope you learned your lesson; plan on stopping by the box office to snag what you can just as soon as you finish reading this issue. Lucky for you, there are plenty of promising shows left to see, provided they’re not sold out already. Here are a few of our top picks.

The Red Shoes

The Red Shoes continues its run through Sun. June 5. The Kneehigh Theatre production is creepy and charming all at the same time.


Though Émilie only has three shows scheduled, they’re spread out throughout the festival. Our Web Editor Joshua Curry was blown away by the production’s innovative use of projections on scrims to reflect the protagonist’s mental processes.

Sarah Jarosz

Young Texas songbird Sarah Jarosz will serenade the Cistern Yard on June 2. If you like rootsy music (and if you couldn’t snag tickets to Béla Fleck’s show), this one is a no-brainer.

Shen Wei Dance Arts

Choreographer Shen Wei revisits his Chinese roots with this three-part program scheduled to hit the Gaillard stage June 3 and 4. The score is by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

The Cripple of Inishmaan

Cripple was one of the first shows to kick off the festival, and it continues to run through the end. Druid Theatre’s comedy is darker than a pint of Guinness.


Early next week, Australia’s contemporary circus company brings their roll ‘n’ tumble act to the Memminger. Expect a fusion of contemporary dance, acrobatics, and humor.

Ted and Melanie

Sketch comedy duo Ted and Melanie (a.k.a. The Reckoning’s Jet Eveleth and Saturday Night Live‘s Paul Brittain) hit town for a two-night run on June 3 and 4.

Piccolo Spoleto Block Party: The Summer Frenzy!

Hosted by the Piccolo Spoleto interns, this free, family-friendly event in Marion Square will have live music, DJs, fun, and games.

National Theatre of the World presents Impromptu Splendor

Toronto’s National Theatre of the World brings a Canadian and literary spin to comedy with an improvised one-act play inspired by different playwrights. They’ll be tapping into different works every night.

Piccolo Fiction Open

Head to Blue Bicycle Books on June 4 for this free event featuring readings from four of South Carolina’s most promising wordsmiths.

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