January 26, 2006

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Theater: Spring theater season warming up

Ignore the snow and warm your hands on hot shows

By Robert Greene rgreene@hippopress.com

December and January tend to be a little slow in community theater circles, unless you are a big fan of A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker.

Sadly, once you’ve seen once Scrooge, you’ve pretty much seen them all, leaving you to languish until spring. At that time, local theater, much like the local flora, is reborn and full of life.

Here’s a peek at what is coming up:

Flowers for Algernon — A mouse is scientific-experimented into smartness, and then a man follows suit. This man, borderline retarded before the chemicals, becomes an uber genius and happiness follows. But then, the mouse starts losing IQ points. What’s a genius to do?

Flowers for Algernon will be directed by Timothy L’Ecuyer. The show will run Feb. 10-19, at the 14 Court Street Theater in Nashua. Cost is $8 to $12. Call 886-7000.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers — It’s the late ’60s and Barney, a 40-something businessman, wants a piece of the sexual revolution. He’s married, yet takes a stab at attempting to seduce three women in his mom’s apartment. A Milford Players Production.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers runs March 17-26, at the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley’s Amato Family Performing Arts Center (formerly the ASF Theater in Milford), just north of the Milford Oval on Route 13. Tickets are $10-$5. Call 673-2258.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat — Windham Performing Arts Center takes on this Bible-based Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Joseph has prophetic dreams, is chased away by his jealous brothers, but makes good and forgives all. Singing ensues.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will run March 31-April 9, at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry. Tickets are $10-$15. Call 425-0130

Into the Woods — MADCo takes on Sondheim for Into the Woods, a musical featuring some very fractured fairy tales. Mother Goose might not even recognize them.

Into the Woods runs April 27-29, at the Opera House in Derry. Check out madco.org.

Deathtrap — The Nashua Theatre Guild gets serious with this thriller about a playwright desperate for his next hit. Deathtrap opened on Broadway in February 1978 and was nominated for four Tony awards. It ran for more than four years (1,793 performances) becoming the longest-running mystery (and fourth longest non-musical) ever. The local version will run April 6-16 at the 14 Court Street Theatre. Tickets will be $12. Check out nashuatheatreguild.org.

But soft ...

Community Players of Concord auditions for Romeo and Juliet will be held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28, at the Players Studio (Josiah Bartlett Road).

Come to the auditions with a prepared monologue from one of Shakespeare’s many plays (comic or tragic). It should be 2-3 minutes in length. Would-be players will also be doing readings of scenes from Romeo and Juliet.

The play will be set somewhere in New England with modern-day dress and classic Shakespearean dialogue.

Rehearsal schedule is 7-10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Bing any schedule conflicts to the auditions.

These are open auditions; racial, ethnic and non-traditional casting are always considered.

If you have any questions contact Greg Stuart at 225-7845.


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Wake up to ‘night Mother