There’s plenty of great theater to be had this weekend, and since Friday’s going to be such a dismal affair — 30 degrees! — why not grab a couple of tickets to cheer yourselves up? 

We’ve got two eagerly awaited openings this week, Outside Mullingar at PURE and The Underpants at Charleston Stage. The former is a romantic comedy by John Patrick Shanley — who also wrote the play Doubt and the films Moonstruck and Joe Versus the Volcano — about two Irish farmers and their rocky road to love. PURE’s production is the Southeastern regional premiere, and stars PURE Core Members David Mandel, Cynthia Barnett, Randy Neale, and Erin Wilson. See a schedule and pick up tickets here

The Underpants is an adaptation —by none other than Steve Martin — of a 1910 German farce, involving a woman, Louise Maske, whose undies fall to her ankles in front of everyone during the king’s parade. Charleston Stage’s production stars guest actor Vanessa Moyen, What If? Productions’ co-founder Kyle Barnette, and Charleston Stage Resident Acting Company member Jesse Siak. Pick up those tickets here

Of course, there are other shows in the middle of their runs that are playing as well. Woolfe Street Playhouse is presenting The History Boys, which closes Sat. March 7. The mid-century American play Bus Stop is playing at Footlight through Sun. March 15. The Charleston Performing Arts Studio is presenting the original dance musical Fever, and 34 West is showing Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals through April 12. So that’s drama, comedy, and a musical for you. Take your pick. 

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