May 3, 2007

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Pats on the back: Thirty nominated businesses will be honored and winners will be announced for supporting the arts through sponsorships, employee volunteerism or product or service donations at the 23rd annual Business in the Arts Awards gala Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. The bash is organized by the NH Business Committee for the Arts and features performances by the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, New England College Theater Department, and the UNH Department of Theater and Dance and a reading by Chester College of New England professor Robert Crawford. Guests can play a cultural trivia game to win Southwest plane tickets or arts prizes. Tickets cost $75, or $650 for a table for 10, at the Center of New Hampshire Radisson in Manchester. Artists and arts administrators can request discount ticket prices. Call 224-8300 or e-mail arts@nhbca.com.

• Eat for a good cause: The Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, which owns the Amato Center in Milford, scheduled a mystery dinner theater fundraiser from Hudson’s Mayhem and Murder Productions before the theater and Club flooded in April. With water damage costs to cover, the Saturday, May 5, benefit is now even more imperative, say Amato users. Elisha’s Restaurant in Milford is sponsoring the dinner. The show takes place inside the Club at 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Call 672-1002 for tickets, which cost $35.

• Local words: Six Nights in the Black Belt by Nashua playwright Lowell Williams premieres Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m. at 14 Court St. Theater in Nashua. The play examines the life and the aftermath of the death of Keene civil rights martyr and Episcopal junior priest Jonathan Daniels. Professional company Yellow Taxi Productions, where Williams is a playwright-in-residence, presents the show through May 13. Ticket costs range from $15 to $25; visit theatermania.com. Also, see the one-hour documentary film Here Am I, Send Me: The Journey of Jonathan Daniels Sunday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. and discuss it with filmmaker and Keene State College Professor Larry Benaquist.

• Prairie life: Actorsingers’ big spring show is the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma! Michael Coppola, recently seen as Koko in New Thalian’s Hot Mikado, which claimed several NH Theatre Awards, stars as Curly. Another Hot Mikado player, Mandy O’ Neil, stars as Laurey. Oklahoma! runs at Keefe Auditorium on Elm Street in Nashua at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4; at 2 and 8 p.m. May 5, and at 2 p.m. May 6. Visit actorsingers.org or call 320-1870 for tickets, which cost $10 to $15.

• Joys of the familiar: New Hampshire actress Sally Nutt and actor Phil Thompson demonstrated strong chemistry in Distant Music. The two played middle-aged college friends debating their respective impending life decisions among other things over Guinness. Image Theater premiered the new James McLindon play in a Lowell, Mass., pub in April, selling out four of six performances with room for about 90 people total. Set in a Cambridge bar, lines made riotous reference to Boston, Harvard, Irish, Irish-American and Catholic culture. New Hampshire bars, take note: eating an Irish supper and heading upstairs with drink in hand for a new performance makes for a lovely evening, and The Old Court’s dining room was packed.


4/26/2007 Still going strong

4/19/2007 Vietnam the the Palace
4/12/2007 Confluence
4/5/2007 First look
3/29/2007 Reluctant star
3/15/2007 In a town far away
3/8/2007 Curtain calls
3/1/2007 Into the future
2/22/2007 But will it play in New Hampshire
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