September 4, 2008

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Curtain Calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

Opposites repel: Mark Ferman directs Neal Blaiklock as sloppy sportswriter Oscar and Eric Skoglund as obsessively neat Felix in Neal Simon’s The Odd Couple. Can the two opposites share an apartment without trauma? This M&M Productions show includes Len Deming, Rich Hurley, Marc Pelletier and Joseph Pelonzi as cantankerous poker players. Erica Newhall and Gina Carballo play the Pigeon sisters. The comedy runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. from Sept. 12 through Sept. 21 at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St. in Milford. Tickets cost $10 and $15. See www.MandMP.com or call.320-1431.  

Lithuanian story: Follow the journey of Paulius Bombilitus, a Lithuanian-American who unearths family ghosts from World War II, in Notes to the Motherland: A Story of a Lithuanian-American Family. Off-Broadway performer Paul Rajeckas stages the one-man show at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. in Nashua, Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. Rajeckas plays nearly a dozen characters in this thriller. He’s performed at the California Center for the Arts, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, the Kennedy Center and elsewhere. Rajeckas and George Chieffet wrote Notes to the Motherland. This Nashua Public Library event is sponsored by the Zylonis Fund. Call 589-4610 or visit www.nashualibrary.org for details.

Documenting: Meron Langsner, the playwright-in-residence at New Rep Theatre in Newton, Mass., and a doctoral candidate in the Drama Department at Tufts University, discusses “Art as Documentary vs. Art as Response” Thursday, Sept. 11. The talk is the latest installment of Yellow Taxi Productions’ new free lunchtime series at their new venue inside 5 Pine St. Extension, Nashua. Langsner will use short scenes from docudramas including his own, Bystander 9/11, to address how theater can be used to educate and engage audience members. Langsner holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brandeis and an M.A. in performance studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The discussion is at 12:10 p.m. Call 791-4558 or see www.yellowtaxiproductions.org.

• New faces: There are more changes at YTP. Marketing manager Leah Belanger switched to the role of education director there. She works full-time for the City of Manchester and previously worked as the education director for the Acting Loft in Manchester. She’s performed in Indoor/Outdoor and directed String Fever for YTP. Belanger received a B.A. from Keene State College in acting and directing. Emily Maloney, a 2008 UMass-Lowell graduate who interned at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, has been hired as the office manager.

• More changes: Kirstin Kennedy replaced Belanger at the Acting Loft. John Sefel left his role as the director for health reasons in August. Chris Courage, who founded the Acting Loft, is back at the helm as artistic director. Sefel, artistic director of Ghostlight Theater Co. of New England, is working as the teen center coordinator for Club Cannon in Peterborough. He’s also an adjunct faculty member at Chester College of New England. Acting Loft produces Oliver!, based on the classic Charles Dickens novel starting Friday, Sept. 12. Follow young orphan Oliver Twist from an orphanage to the streets of London where he joins a band of pickpockets. Ozan Haksever directs and it is produced by William L. Ritchie Jr. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Sept. 21. The Acting Loft is at 516 Pine St. in Manchester. Call 666-5999 or visit www.actingloft.org. The Acting Loft is also postponing (indefinitely) Zombie Prom and is adding Stephen Sondheim’s Company to their November schedule. — Heidi Masek


Paul Rajeckas performs Notes to the Motherland: A Story of a Lithuanian-American Family at 14 Court St. in Nashua.

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4/24/2008 The Bard, condensed
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4/3/2008 Singing for a cause
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3/20/2008 Albee at MRT
3/13/2008 Murder and rhinos
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2/28/2008 The art of theater criticism
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2/14/2008 Curtain Calls
2/7/2008 NH Theatre awards sixth year
1/31/2008 Elvis fans and ghost stories
1/24/2008 Building an audience
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1/10/2008 Fate of Annicchiarico
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11/22/2007 Broadway composer and actress hit Granite State
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10/25/2007 Curtain Calls
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8/30/2007 Curtain Calls
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7/26/2007 Potty humor
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06/15/2006 Peter Bridges remembered
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01/12/2006 This Phantom is not a menace
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