August 30, 2007

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Curtain calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Electronica: Concord’s presenting house, Capitol Center for the Arts, not only starts this season with a new executive director, Nicolette Clarke, but is sporting a Web site overhaul and nifty “e-Brochure.” You can turn the pages and zoom in and out of the season brochure at ccanh.com.

• College crowd: The new season for the Performing Arts Club at New Hampshire Community Technical College, 505 Amherst St. in Nashua, starts Sept.7 and Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. with My Name is Rachel Corrie, a one woman play about Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The Club participates in the 365 Days Project, with a play a day by Susan Lori-Parks, Oct. 1 through Oct. 5. They stage a Holiday Musical Revue in November and Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler, in February. Call 428-3544 or e-mail tdunn@ccsnh.edu.

• Shiny, new: The Music Hall in Portsmouth is shut down for a facelift. The historic building reopens Saturday, Sept. 8 with a concert and dance party with Cuban band, Tiempo Libre at 8 p.m. The party starts outside with salsa dancers and “Dream Chestnut” ribbon cutting at 7 p.m. The month-long streetscape installation on Chestnut Street takes advantage of Portsmouth’s pilot program to restrict the road to pedestrians. There’s much to celebrate because Music Hall folks have been seeking to restore the theater since founders saved it in 1987. The dome, walls and historic finishes were restored this summer. Decorative paintings were discovered in the dome this year. In 2006, the proscenium arch was restored and repairs made to the roof and staircases. Corporate and individual donations and a federal grant made up the $1 million cost. Tickets for Tiempo Libre cost $50. Visit 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org.

• Fringe-orama: Yellow Taxi Productions heads to the San Fransisco Fringe Festival to perform the world premiere of A Strange Black Passion Sept. 5 through Sept. 10. Yellow Taxi’s artistic director, Suzanne Delle, wrote the play during her MFA studies about the passionate love affair of the young poet D.H. Lawrence with the married mother of three Frieda Weekley. New Hampshire and Boston actors will be joined by an SF producer and actor. To sponsor an artist to go to Fringe, e-mail sdelle@yellowtaxiproductions.org.

• Put-upon wives: Peterborough Players finish up their run of The Underpants, a farce comedian Steve Martin adapted from Carl Sternheim’s classic German comedy Die Hose, at 8 p.m. through Sept. 1 and at 4 p.m. Sept. 2. A neglected housewife’s underpants fall down during the procession of the King, creating a public scandal. The Players next stage an 1879 domestic drama that caused an uproar at the time. Artistic director Gus Kaikkonen created this new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House. A lively young housewife has been kept as a doll by her husband. Beneath her vivacious exterior lurks a secret. A Doll House runs from Sept. 5 through Sept. 16. Ticket costs range from $30 to $40. Call 924-7585 or visit peterboroughplayers.org

• Help: Music & Drama Company (madco.org) is looking for a producer, director, music director, choreographer and stage manager for their spring production of Little Shop of Horrors. Yes, there are stipends. E-mail your resume to pbowen@upton-hatfield.com or call 582-1831 by Monday, Sept. 17. Nashua Theatre Guild (nashuatheatreguild.org) is looking for a director for their 2008 Shakespeare in the Park summer show. NTG is on the hunt for “an exciting and innovative” production that will challenge the director and company for their 16th year of this summer tradition. Suggest a Shakespeare title or “at least one that feels like Shakespeare.” E-mail your proposal and resume to mikewoodnh@comcast.net by Sept. 10.


Richard De Genaro and Lisa Bostnar rehearse Steve Martin’s adaptation of The Underpants. Courtesy photo.