[image-1]Even cheapskates can get cultured this week. Both PURE Theatre and Charleston Stage are opening shows, and they’re both offering pay-what-you-can nights for theater-goers on a budget.
In need of a good laugh? Check out Charleston Stage’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile on Wed. March 11 at 7:30 p.m. We hear that this play, written by Steve Martin, is “like Cheers meets The Twilight Zone with a little Third Rock From The Sun thrown in along the way. Set in Paris at a bar known as The Lapin Agile (The Agile Rabbit), Martin imagines a meeting between a young Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein, two men who will transform the 20th century. Pablo, Al, and their friends meet at The Lapin Agile to eat, drink and change art and science forever.” Remember that pay-what-you-will tickets for this performance are only available online.

Looking for something more serious? PURE Theatre presents pay-what-you-can performances of Hogs on March 12 and April 1. This original play written by Rodney Lee Rogers is based on Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy Of The People. According to the press release: “This adaptation updates the action to a small, coastal, southern town. The story follows the work of Dr. Stockman-Kelly as she discovers that contamination of the local water table is directly related to nearby hog production. The ecological breakthrough puts the doctor at odds with the long suffering town’s surging economic growth, brought about by the newly constructed Barrington Resort and Spa.” —Emma Hart