March 8, 2007

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Party for cash: A couple local theater companies are pulling out all the stops in an effort to raise scratch for their respective dramatic efforts. The professional company Yellow Taxi Productions is celebrating their fifth anniversary Saturday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in Nashua with an event called “Martini Madness.” Take in live entertainment by New Hampshire and Boston vocalists Jackie Bellows, Tajoura Davis, Barbara Lawlor and Yolanda LeRoy. There’s also a silent auction, of course, plus appetizers and desserts. Josiah George, known from YTP’s Santaland Diaries production, will host the event. Buy tickets for $45 from theatermania.com or cityartsnashua.com or send a check to Yellow Taxi Productions at PO Box 1515, Nashua NH 03060.

Yellow Taxi Productions will also honor long-time supporters Dr. David G. Stahl of Manchester and Lowell Williams. Dr. Stahl and his wife Barbara, who died in 2005, were founding board members of the Opera League of NH and members of the NH Symphony. Williams is Yellow Taxi’s playwright-in-residence and a founding board member of YTP. Yellow Taxi Productions’ vision is to sustain an artistic environment by educating and exposing New Hampshire audiences to challenging and unique theatrical experiences.

Ghostlight Theater Co. of New England hosts a party Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 107 Main St., Salem. The fundraiser will feature assorted skits, one-acts and monologues with appearances from actors Mari Keegan, Liz Burns-Allshouse and Neal Blaiklock. You will also be treated to parody-previews of Ghostlight’s 2007 Shakespeare series and Cannibal! the Musical. The Troupe de le Sockspeare of Modesto, Calif., will make a special appearance. Admission is $15 at the door, or $12.50 for students, seniors and military. Visit ghostlight.tk or myspace.com/ghostlight for more information.

• Summer fun: New Thalian Players are in their planning mode for this summer’s Theatre in the Park, a tradition they started two summers ago with Grease performed outdoors in Manchester, followed by A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in 2006. New Thalian has added a second show this year. They are currently scheduled for the last three weekends in July at Veterans Park, performing Forever Plaid and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Casting will most likely happen in the last half of March, according to Wendy L. Trommer of New Thalian. Because they are focusing on their expanded summer schedule, New Thalian has not scheduled a spring performance.



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2/15/2007 Curtain calls
2/8/2007 Family affair
2/1/2007 Curtain calls
1/25/2007 Curtain calls
1/18/2007 Curtain calls
1/11/2007 Curtain calls
1/4/2007 Fork in the road
12/28/2006 Standout performances of '06
12/21/2006 Curtain Calls
12/14/2006 Players remember Peter Bridges
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