Forbidden Fruit

It's been a crazy year in local news—Stacey Campfield's seemingly never-ending extravaganza of outrageous pronouncements and proposed legislation, butt-chugging, Gloria Ray, Bigfoot, Derek Dooley.

Some of that can test the patience of reasonable Knoxvillians. But it also inspires the annual Forbidden Knoxville musical production, which satirizes the best of the worst of local news and newsmakers. This year's edition, Forbidden Knoxville Goes Psycho, sees the stage parody move from its recent home at Theatre Knoxville Downtown on North Gay Street to Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen in Bearden, with a later start time more appropriate to the production's grown-up humor.

"We wanted a different venue this time and Big Fatty's atmosphere is perfect," says Jayne Morgan, creative director of Flying Anvil Theatre, which is producing the show, in a press release. "We think people will enjoy being able to grab a bite and a drink while watching the show. With a 10 p.m. start time, it's definitely for mature audiences with a twisted sense of humor."

Stacey Swedeen, executive director of Flying Anvil, is producer for the show; Christopher Hamblin is musical director. The show runs on Friday and Saturday nights from April 12-26. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 865-219-8317 to make reservations or visit for more info.