Arts + Entertainment

Temptations at the Theater: A Night of Art + Culture

There’s no better way to celebrate the opening night of a new local play than with Temptations at the Theater. Held next Wednesday, November 7th, this evening of wine, craft beer, desserts, and dramatic theater is hosted by Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance, Capital Ale House, and Court Square Theater. Each ticket includes a dessert and beverage reception at 6:30 pm at Capital Ale House, followed by The Valley Playhouse’s production of John Kolvenbach’s romantic comedy, LOVE SONG, at Court Square Theater at 7:30 pm.

The event will start off with a dessert and beverage reception at 6:30 pm on the top level of Capital Ale House, located in downtown Harrisonburg. The reception features delicious local desserts, such as Jack Brown’s Fried Oreos, Local Chop and Grill House’s Local Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, New Leaf Pastry Kitchen’s Mango Mousse Cake with Key Lime Shortbread Crust, and more.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownie from the LOCAL Chop & Grill House. Photo courtesy of the LOCAL Chop & Grill House.

Mango Mousse Cake from New Leaf Pastry Kitchen. Photo courtesy of New Leaf Pastry Kitchen.

For those with a smaller sweet tooth, there will be fruit smoothie bowls with acai and granola from PULP. Capital Ale House is also featuring a special of a free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees, so be sure to stop in for dinner before the reception!

Each ticket also includes beverages – wines from Bluestone Vineyard, coffee from Lucas Roasting Company, and craft beer samples from Capital Ale House. Beer samples include Timmerman’s Framboise, a raspberry lambic that leaves a sweet taste on your tongue, Star Hill Boxcar Porter, a pumpkin porter perfect for fall, Star Hill Love, a German-style Hefeweizen, and Dogfish Head Festina Peche, a tart peach-flavored ale from Germany.

Beers featured for tasting at Capital Ale House. Photo courtesy of Brittany Kinsella.

Also available for sample are two Virginia ciders from Bold Rock Brewery in Wintergreen, Virginia – Virginia Draft and Virginia Apple. If the samples leaves you yearning for more, there will be a cash bar available.

Following the reception is the production of LOVE SONG at Court Square Theater, directed by Tom Arthur and produced by The Valley Playhouse.

Court Square Theater. Photo courtesy of Brittany Kinsella.

John Kolvenbach’s LOVE SONG is a play that reflects on the idea that love is injected and everyone is affected by it. Its language and relations are deeply rooted in what is “real,” and it touches on a human’s yearning for everything.

Cast members of LOVE STORY rehearse for the show. (From left to right: Jay Zehr, playing Harry, and Susan Comfort, playing Joan. Charlie Cook, playing Beane, and Jessica Young, playing Molly). Photos by Brittany Kinsella.

This play was also performed in London in 2007, where it received an Olivier Award nomination for “Best New Comedy in London,” even though it was an American play. Tom describes LOVE SONG as a “romantic comic fantasy. It’s sexy, it’s modern, and it’s funny.” In true Harrisonburg spirit, the production also features three local actors. Keep in mind that you may want to leave the kids at home, since the play was designed for mature audiences.

Tickets are still available for purchase, so treat yourself and join the community for a night of food, fun, and entertainment. Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for HDR members) and $30 at the door. To reserve a ticket, contact Trisha Blosser at, or purchase them online.

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is thankful for all of the sponsors who are helping to make this night possible: Ameriprise Financial, Linda S. Hoover, Newman Avenue Associates, Ameriprise Financial, Huggins and Associates, LD&B Insurance Agency, The Beauty Spa, Eddie Bumbaugh and Jane Cox, Cottonwood Commercial, Butch Strawderman, Capital Ale House, Downtown Restaurants, and Lucas Roasting Company.

Brittany Kinsella is a writing intern at Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and a senior Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications major at James Madison University.


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