5 (Count 'Em) On The Stage This Weekend


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Susan B. Apel

A wealth of live theater in the Upper Valley

I have a problem and I need your help. What's a blogger about the arts to do this coming weekend when live theater is exploding all over the Upper Valley? I plan to attend what I can and hope you will do your part. Here's the skinny:

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CHOIR BOY, by MacArthur Genius Tarell Alvin MacCraney, (featured photo, above) is seeing its Vermont premiere at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction VT. Not a musical, but music-filled, it is set in a gospel choir of an elite boarding school for young black men. Previews are November 3 and 4, in addition to regular weekend performances. For dates, times, and tickets, and to read more about this production, click here.

LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL: Jodi Picoult does not just write one bestseller after another. In her spare time, she shepherds (and often writes) an annual production for the Trumbull Hall Troupe, a theater company of young actors who raise money for CHaD and other children's charities. In fact, you can choose which charity your ticket will support: Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, the Zienzele Foundation, or the Upper Valley Haven. To read more about Picoult and the troupe, click here. For times and dates of this show (only this weekend, November 4, 5 and 6!) at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH, click here.

INTIMATE APPAREL: This play about a middle-aged African-American seamstress in the early 1900s won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 2004. It promises to surprise with "an O. Henry twist." Dartmouth's Department of Drama opens this production at the Moore Theater in the Hopkins Center in Hanover NH on Friday, November 4.  For ticket information, please click here.

Zahra Ruffin as Esther (photo by Laurie Churba, used with permission of the Hopkins Center)

SLEUTH:  Either you have not seen it, or you have seen it and remember it as very clever, even if you have forgotten exactly why. A thriller by playwright Anthony Shaffer, it is the current production of the Parish Players at the Eclipse Grange Theater in Thetford VT. It is the last weekend to catch this play. You know you want to see it, or see it again. For further info and tickets, click here.

POETS ALICE B. FOGEL and CHARD DeNIORD: Not theatre in the strictest sense, but none too shabby an afternoon and evening when the poets laureate of both Vermont and New Hampshire come together to read their work in "Two Voices, One River." Long River Gallery and Gifts will host a reception on Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m, followed by the reading and book signing at 4:30 p.m. at the Dowds' Country Inn and Event Center in Lyme NH. For additional information, and to reserve a spot, click here.

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