December 21, 2006

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Last minute: For performance buffs on your holiday shopping list, order a couple tickets to one of the shows touring the region in January and February. The Capitol Steps are former D.C. staffers who turn current events and antics into satire. They’ll be at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, 225-1111, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. The Housing Partnership presents them Feb. 3 at 5 and 8 p.m. at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, 436-2400, as a fundraiser for affordable housing. Ailey II, an offshoot of choreographer Alvin Ailey’s company, brings modern American dance to the Dana Center, 641-7700, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. Acrobatic A Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy visits The Music Hall Feb. 8 through Feb. 10. Musical fans might go for tickets to the acclaimed Broadway show Hairspray, which lands at Capitol Center for the Arts Feb.22 at 7:30 p.m. Michael Flatley brings Irish step dance show Lord of the Dance to Lowell Memorial Auditorium, (978) 454-2299, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. People who are into comedy might like Defending the Caveman, a Broadway solo show in which Vince Valentine explains the differences between man and woman. It plays at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. Ticket costs mostly range from $20 to $50 for these performances.

• Old-fashioned holiday show: “Cabaret De Boheme Caba-Family X-mas Special!” comes to Concord, Thursday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Annicharico Theatre, 1 Thompson St. Cabaret De Boheme’s cast of performers, Cabaret De Boheme Teens, guest artists and local celebrities will take the stage. Visit nhcabaret.com or call 682-1401 for tickets, which cost $10. Get $2 off admission with a canned food donation.

• New Year’s plans: Reserve your seat for Reality Bites Back, a New Year’s Eve mystery dinner theater show directed by A. Robert Dionne with chef Matthew T. Morin. Wealthy entrepreneur Martin Duckworth has invented his own game—a combination of “Survivor” and “Apprentice.” The show benefits the Majestic Theatre in Manchester. The $30 all-inclusive show runs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Call 669-7469.

• Learn the craft: The School for Theater Arts at The Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley starts winter classes Jan. 8 in costume design, lighting, vocal technique, movement and dance, musical theater and directing associated with Riverbend Youth Company’s performance of Once On This Island and a one-act play festival. Spring classes will start March 19 with tie-ins to Wonder of the World by David Lindsay-Abaire. Call 672-1002 for details.


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12/07/2006 Young talent
11/30/2006 Lighthearted farce for the holidays
11/23/2006 Curtain Calls
11/16/2006 Good theater
11/9/2006 Preview roundup
11/2/2006 Access to the ancients
10/26/2006 Aida on a Nashua stage
10/19/2006 Children of a Lesser God brilliantly played
10/12/2006 A true love triangle
10/05/2006 Curtain Calls
09/28/2006 Bringing people back to life
09/21/2006 Getting judged
09/14/2006 Long strange journey
09/07/2006 Curtain Calls
08/31/2006 Curtain Calls
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
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
Tosca

Under the Caribbean with the little mermaid

Wake up to ‘night Mother