August 31, 2006


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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek

• Back at sea: Players Ring is back for the season starting with Sharp Dressed Men, by Dover’s Gregg Gaskell, opening Friday, Sept. 1. The comedy follows three brothers trying to prepare the perfect wedding for their parents. Gaskell, Ti Chase and Andrew Nowacki play the three brothers, with Andrew Fling directing. The script was first produced as a locally filmed motion picture. A reception follows and tickets are $24, or $20 for members or those who purchase membership that evening. The event is a fundraiser for the Players Ring and Sharp Dressed Productions. Sharp Dressed Men will also run Sept. 2 through Sept. 17 with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., tickets $8-$12,, 436-8123, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth.

• Never enough of the bard: Merrimack’s youth theater, My Act, is presenting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the story of a girl named Viola who washes up on a strange island and tries to win the love of Duke Orsino although she spends much of the play disguised as a boy. See Twelfth Night at the Theatre by the Lake, Wasserman Park on Naticook Road, Merrimack, Sept. 8 or 9 at 7 p.m. Limited “tropical party” table seating is available. Tickets are $15 to $20 at 429-3950 or My Act’s Web site at

• Soft opening: New Yorkers attend the opening of their new play in Boston, and turn against each other when they fear that that the audience hated it, only to end up with favorable reviews, in Light Up The Sky. The comedy by Moss Hart runs at the Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier St., Manchester, Sept. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $12; call 669-7469,

• Get your tickets now: Tickets for 2006-2007 shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord go on sale Sept. 5 at 11 a.m. to the general public. Cap Center members had a head start. Music includes Great Big Sea Oct. 15 and Ani DiFranco Nov. 9, as well as Ian Anderson playing Orchestral Jethro Tull Sept. 28. Theater highlights include Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Suessical the Musical and Edward Asner in The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial in April. The Moscow Festival Ballet will visit as well as the Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company. St. Paul’s School Ballet Company performs The Nutcracker Dec. 15. Jungle Jack Hanna is bringing his exotic animals and David Sedaris will entertain. That’s just a small sampling; check or call 225-1111 for the season program.

08/24/2006 Putting kids in charge
08/17/2006 Curtain Calls
08/10/2006 All theater, all summer
08/03/2006 A Jesus musical, reworked
07/27/2006 A match made in Maine
07/20/2006 Variations on a theme
07/13/2006 I Hate Hamlet
07/06/2006 Serious theater
06/29/2006 L.A. in Peterborough
06/22/2006 Da Vinci to Rube Goldberg
06/15/2006 Peter Bridges remembered
06/08/2006 From Hairspray to monkeys
06/01/2006 Special Theatrics
05/25/2006 Live Brit-com
05/18/2006 Evil stepsisters earn the yuks
05/11/2006 A message to mom
05/04/2006 Meet the cast
04/27/2006 'I hope i get it'
04/20/2006 Find yourself in Yonkers
04/13/2006 Nashua rocks The Wiz
04/06/2006 Nashua rocks The Wiz
03/30/2006 Cabaret is Mnchester bound
03/23/2006 A 42nd Street detour
03/16/2006 Actor-director wants your ideas
02/23/2006 Yellow Taxi's Theater Festival opens March 1
02/16/2006 Herding CATS
02/09/2006 An actors' studio
02/02/2006 A thing about love
01/26/2006 Spring theater season warming up
01/19/2006 Gearing up for the big night
01/12/2006 This Phantom is not a menace
01/05/2006 Jim Kelly, sci-fi writer and alternate historian
10th anniversary at Capitol Center
10 Ways To Survive The Audition
A Chorus Line
A Figaro Worth Cheering
A 'Living Newspaper' on stage
A tale of two wives
A Tribute To Music
Actorsingers Deliver On Superstar
Beauty and the Beast
Bedford Off-Broadway Gets Spooky
Being The Beatles, 1964 The Tribute
Bringing NYC to Wilton
Creating the venue from antiques
Crimes Of The Heart
Curtain to rise on Dana Center
Dana Center Takes Center Stage
Ensemble elevates Palace’s Godspell
From stage to the silver screen
Great play, too bad it’s over
Greater Tuna
Humble Boy
It’s cabaret, hear it sing, joke, tease
It's Child's Play
Jesus Christ Superstar
Kids Tackle Edgar Allan Poe
Local boy hits the big time, doesn’t lose his head
Lowell theater opens with a winner of a satire
Madco welcomes Boston actor-director
Meet John Sefel, Director
Meet Suzanne Delle, Yellow Taxi’s driver
Music Man to run three weekends
New Thalian Players
Palace announces 2005-06 season
Peterborough Players’ Solidarity is solid gold
Plaid (II)
Playing with man’s best friend
Proud of the Peacock
Racy, crazy blast at the Palace
Reviving His Passion
Robert Dionne, The man behind the Majestic
Rosemary Dann
Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know
Short-Attention Span Theater
Side Show
Sideshow slips sideways
Spending The Summer On Stage
Stages of learning
Steel Magnolias
Suessical: The Musical
Theater Of The Imagination
Theater Kids Without A School
Theater in the park draws big
The Drawer Boy
The Festival
The Five best shows of 2005
The Prisoner Of Second Avenue
The Russian/American Kids Circus
The Senator Wore Pantyhose
The Tony Awards, they're grrrrreat
The Warmth Of The Cold
Three nights, three shows at the Palace

Under the Caribbean with the little mermaid

Wake up to ‘night Mother