October 18, 2007

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Where’s Rocky? Last year at this time, a new company called Pirate Stage produced The Rocky Horror Show live at the 14 Court St. Theater in Nashua. Why Rocky is associated with Halloween, I’m still not quite sure but regardless, I’ve heard no news of anyone staging it in Nashua or Manchester this year. And Pirate Stage may have disappeared into a black hole. Anyway, Billy Butler, who took home a NH Theatre Award for his role as Frank N. Furter in Pirate Stage’s production, has been active on the music circuit. He’s working on an album for a November release called Late Nights on Washington, and he and Tim McCoy perform at Central Wave (formerly Dover Soul) at 364 Central Ave. in Dover on Thursdays. Their acoustic set may include tunes from The Who, The Kinks, Jerry Lee Lewis and, yes, Rocky.

• A wicked lot of plays: OK, so there aren’t any transvestite musicals with audience participation on the docket, but there are tons of other shows happening. The professional company Yellow Taxi Productions finishes String Fever by Jacqueline Reingold at the Hunt Building, 6 Main St., Nashua, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Reingold teaches at NYU and writes for Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Tickets cost $15 to $20; see theatermania.com or call 661-3879. The Palace Theatre in Manchester finishes its professional run of West Side Story Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at 80 Hanover St. Ticket costs range from $20 to $40; call 668-5588. Or catch Manchester Community Theatre Players’ production of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which closes, Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of NH, 698 Beech St. in Manchester. Call 627-7679. The première run of Ice Dreamers, a historic drama by a SNHU professor, ends with a show Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the college’s Frost Hall, 2500 N. River Road in Manchester. The performance is free. Bedford Off Broadway ends its production of James Goldman’s The Lion In Winter with shows at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20 at the Bedford Old Town Hall on Meetinghouse Road, info@bedfordoffbroadway.com. Tickets cost $10. The Children’s Theater Project of the Community Players of Concord performs Charlotte’s Web Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St. Tickets cost $10. New shows open next week.

• Fundraiser time: The Majestic is hosting its annual Harvest the Majestic auction to raise money for the community theater in Manchester. Items include fine art, tickets to cultural and sports events and trips. The Harvest is at The Majestic Theatre, 281 Cartier St. on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres by The Majestic’s Master Chef Matthew Morin and pastries & desserts will be served. Your $20 ticket donation includes a chance at raffle prizes, delicious refreshments and live entertainment. Call 669-7469 or see majestictheatre.net.