October 25, 2007

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

Your two cents: The final staged reading of Yellow Taxi Productions’ 2007 Susan McIntyre Play Reading Series is Monday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hunt Building, 6 Main St. in Nashua. After Denmark was written by Delaware playwright Dave Robson. A man discovers he might be a descendant of Denmark Vesey, the slave who led the largest U.S. rebellion in 1822. It’s free and the audience is invited to discuss the script with the playwright and actors afterward.

Confused affair: Milford Area Players open French farce (don’t worry, it’s performed in English — with British accents) Don’t Dress for Dinner, by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon. Bernard, played by Neal Blaiklock, is planning a weekend with his Parisian mistress, played by Renee Macneil. But his wife decides to stay home. Don’t Dress for Dinner runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 4 at the Amato Center, 56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford. Ticket costs range from $7 to $12. See MilfordAreaPlayers.org.

Impersonation: Veterans of the Broadway stage show Beatlemania make up the musicians of Rain — The Beatles Experience. Joey Curatolo, Joe Bithorn, Ralph Castelli and Steve Landes and backup perform nearly 200 Beatles tunes and cover the Fab Four from their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance through the Abbey Road album. Even though the real Beatles didn’t tour during their later albums, Rain performs everything live. The multi-media experience is complete with television commercials from the 1960s. Rain has toured for more than 20 years and performs at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium for the first time Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. at 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass., (978) 454-2299. Ticket costs range from $29.50 to $55.50.

Times of trouble: Inspired by Maria von Trapp’s memoir (the von Trapps eventually ran a lodge in Stowe, Vt.), Rodgers & Hammerstein created The Sound of Music. In the stage version, Maria is rather high-spirited for training to be a nun. She’s sent to work as a governess for a widowed sea captain with seven children in Salzberg. It’s a dangerous time, and eventually the captain’s stance against Nazi rule means the family must escape. Manchester’s community Majestic Theatre presents The Sound of Music at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 4 at 281 Cartier St., 669-7469. Candace Glickman directs. Ticket costs range from $10 to $15. Majestic is also hosting workshops this fall including an introduction to improv, tap and auditioning as well as a jazz choir. Visit majestictheatre.net for details.

Closing up: The professional Merrimack Repertory Threatre closes its run of The Pursuit of Happiness by Massachusetts playwright Richard Dresser Sunday, Oct. 28, at 50 East Merrimack St. in Lowell, Mass., (978) 454-3926. Stagecoach Productions, a community company that aims for high quality, closes its run of Jason Robert Brown’s musical Parade at 14 Court St. Theater in Nashua with performances Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. Call 320-3780 or see stagecoachproductions.org for tickets, which range in cost from $15 to $18.