In his day, George Axelrod was one of the most popular screenwriters in Hollywood. He was best known for The Seven Year Itch and his Academy Award-winning film version of Breakfast at Tiffanys, but his most well-written comedy might be Goodbye Charlie, the gender-bending tale of a womanizer who gets murdered and is reincarnated in a female body. Ever the dastardly devil, Charlie sets about blackmailing his her? former lovers, while trying to keep chasing skirts and adjust to his new womanly body.
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The original play starred Lauren Bacall, though movie buffs will remember Debbie Reynolds as the naughty Charlie in the 1964 film version. (Her co-star was a dashing Tony Curtis.) The folks at Theatre Southwest are mounting their own take on this light and frothy comedy, so say goodbye to Charlie at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. September 11. Through September 24. 8944 Clarkcrest. For information, call 713-661-9505 or visit www.theatresouthwest.org. $16.
Fridays, Saturdays; Sun., Sept. 11. Starts: Sept. 2. Continues through Sept. 24, 2011