February 14, 2008

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Much love: Rochester Opera House volunteers reported a massive outpouring of help from the community after various major challenges. The 1908 venue was restored through community efforts in 1996 and 1997 after years of neglect. It boasts a unique floor that can be raised to an incline for an amphitheater or lowered for use as a dance floor. It was damaged in 2007, ten years after it was restored to working order by engineer George Allen. His son Don is fixing it. But there was more drama. A new board was elected in November and executive director Tommy Hensel resigned to take a job in Illinois. Things like finances had not been well attended to in recent years, and several volunteers have stepped in. The president of the Holy Rosary Credit Union, Brian Hughes, is sorting out the books and business plan as treasurer. Eastern Propane’s COO lent an IT technician. Radio station WMEX forgave advertising debt. Profile Bank leaders bought ads for ROH to use. PSNH sent a Community Development Grant. The Main Street director and his wife are working on marketing. A performer is making a donation to defray the cost of his show.

• Date night: StageOne Productions, the 26-year-old dinner theater company in Manchester, presents A Little Quickie, a comedy about two stand-up comics who about to make it big when Allen has a fling with Steve’s wife. Catch the show Friday, Feb. 15, or Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., or Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11:30 a.m., at The Chateau, 201 Hanover St. in Manchester. Call 669-5511 for reservations. See stageoneproductions.net for information. For musical Valentine’s Day comedy, see Manchester Community Theatre Players’ production of She Loves Me. Two clerks in a 1930s Budapest parfumerie unknowingly are writing to each other through a lonely hearts club. She Loves Me runs Thursday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Jewish Federation Theater, 698 Beech St. in Manchester. See mctp.info or call 627-7679 for tickets, which range in cost from $10 to $20.

For something more philosophical, there’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The play uses the scenario of a tribunal to probe the mysteries of creation and salvation. All Access presents the show in their new “intimate” black box theater, at 25 Front St. in Nashua on Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $12. Call 886-2768 or see allaccessnh.com.