I always feel a little haunted as I stroll through Renaissance Fairs and other historical re-enactments, mostly from recalling memories of those less-than-stable folks in college who went overboard on the whole creative anachronism shtick—as their lives in this era, ironically, went more or less to seed. Reason enough to be circumspect when visiting simulacra of other times and places: There's no telling how many have convinced themselves by now that they actually were—or are—in the original cast.
At first that doesn't seem to be Ranger Wilson's problem with a feisty quartet of history buffs trying to get an early, and illegal, head start on a holiday restaging at the Shiloh battlefield in Tennessee: They're all just competing for the prize of Best Female Re-enactor. But with two depicting women from the North and the other two as Southern characters, the elements of a sesquicentennial grudge match—and catfight—are set in motion in this historical comedy with a twist. This Theater of the American South production opens Friday at 8 p.m. and runs in rotation with Bill Schustik's one-person show, The Civil War in Song & Legend, through May 29. Tickets are $20, or $18 for students and seniors.—Byron Woods