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Curtain calls
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• Frasier: Student members of the Anselmian Abbey Players are putting on stage Ham Radio: an Episode of Frasier, by David Lloyd, adapted and directed by Alex Silveri (class of 2011). In this Season 4 episode of the Cheers spin-off, characters try to recreate a mystery radio drama, according to a press release from the Players. It’s one of three plays in the Abbey Players’ festival of one-acts this year. In Cut, by Ed Monk, confusion ensues when actors rehearse a play within a play. Robert Lemire (2010) directs Cut. Katie McNamara (2010) directs This is a Test, a Stephen Gregg play about taking a test. Lauren Kelly (2010) produces the festival. “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun: An Evening of One-Act Plays” runs Thursday, Feb. 4, through Saturday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive in Manchester ($5-$7, 641-7700, www.anselm.edu/...).

• Romance: Valentine’s Day weekend theater options include Manchester dinner theater Lovers and Other Strangers from the professional StageOne Productions and Suds: The Rocking 60’s Musical Soap Opera from the Majestic Theatre community company. A regional professional run of Swing Fever opens at the Palace Theatre in the Queen City, and a tour of Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway stops at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord Feb. 12. Almost, Maine, a romantic comedy by John Cariani (a Maine native), opens at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth Feb. 5. See Hippo’s theater calendar for details.

• Causes: To  raise funds for the Player’s Ring in Portsmouth, Seacoast artists are collaborating for a production of stories, songs and visual art called “Love.” Each performance features different musical acts, such as Aaron Hutto of Midnight Radio Feb. 5.

“Love” continues Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., from Feb. 5 through Feb. 14, at 105 Marcy St. in Portsmouth (436-8123, playersring.ticketleap.com, $10-$12). Joi Smith and Danica Carlson direct.

Interspersed with the run of “Love” is a V-Day Portsmouth 2010 event (www.vday.org). A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer: Writings To Stop Violence Against Women and Girls runs at the Players Ring to benefit Sexual Assault Support Services (S.A.S.S.) and A Safe Place. The collection of monologues is edited by Eve Ensler (Vagina Monologues) and Mollie Doyle. See it Saturdays, Feb. 6 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ($15).

• Numbers: According to a study from Southern New Hampshire University’s Sport Finance and Entertainment class, the Palace Theatre “generated more than $5.3 million in economic activity and $1.6 million in income for the 2009 season,” according to a press release from the school.

• Goodbye tour: Riverdance, if you can believe it, says it is going to call it quits on its Irish dance show, which hit North America in 1996. Catch the show at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester on March 9.

• The Bard: A discussion and dramatic reading of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 is scheduled for an annual Shakespeare book club meeting Monday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., at Gibson’s Bookstore, 27 South Main St. in Concord (224-0562).


Actors from a previous One-Act Play Festival of the Anselmian Abbey Players of Saint Anselm College. Courtesy photo.

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