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• The Pillowman in Concord: Ghostlight Theater Co. of New England will perform Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s psychological thriller The Pillowman at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main St. in Concord, as part of the Spotlight Café Series. Performances are Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17, at 8 p.m. The Pillowman is the story of Katurian (Dylan Gamblin), a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is interrogated by two detectives, Tuposki (Mark Morrison) and Ariel (John Kneeland), regarding several missing child cases that resemble Katurian’s own Grimm’s-styled stories. The play progresses from interrogation room to prison cell and back, according to director Mariah Sefel, who said anyone interested in shows like Criminal Minds would love the play. The play was previously performed at Chester College of New England and the experience, along with the break between performances, allowed the four actors to really play with the characters, Sefel said. “We really get into the head of a criminal and the line between truth and fiction becomes blurred,” Sefel said. Tickets cost $20 for general admission, $15 for students. Visit www.ccanh.com or call 225-1111.
• Annie! at the Palace: Palace Theatre Community Summer Theatre presents Annie! Leapin’ Lizards! at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. in Manchester. Performances are Friday, July 16, Saturday, July 17, Friday, July 23, Saturday, July 24, Friday, July 30, and Saturday, July 31, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 18, Sunday, July 25, and Saturday, July 31, at 2 p.m. Annie is the story of a Depression-era girl who is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her at a New York City orphanage. In adventure after adventure, Annie foils the evil plans of Miss Hannigan, the cruel woman who runs the orphanage, evil plans, befriends President Franklin D. Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $10 for children. Visit www.palacetheatretickets.org or call 668-5588.
• Holiday in Concord: Local filmmaker Justin Scarelli’s newest film, Some Holiday, will be screened for one night only on Sunday, July 18, at 6 p.m. at Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St. in Concord. The film follows the lives of several recent college graduates as they struggle to balance the choice between raising a child and their dreams. Scarelli wrote the film and shot it last summer in and around Concord with a group of young actors. He said he hopes the film shines light on the reality that not every family situation is ideal. The film has been entered into the NH Film Festival. Scarelli said, while the project was a struggle, he is very proud of the final product, which encapsulates a moment in his life. “It’s not perfect,” Scarelli said. “But no film is. But I am very proud to have completed it.” Scarelli said he hopes the film showcases his talent, as well as the actors’. Tickets cost $8. Call 224-4600.
• Venue change: StageCoach Production’s Into the Woods will be performed at Nashua South High School, 36 Riverside St. in Nashua. The production had previously been slated to run at Court Street Theater in Nashua.