Female playwrights sometimes take a back seat to their male counterparts. But not when Image Theater gets involved.
In recent years, Image has put women writers front and center with Femnoire, a festival devoted to showcasing their work.
This year's venture takes place Friday and Saturday, March 28-29 at 8 p.m. in the Parker Gallery at Lowell's Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St.
The creative line-up includes seven short plays, plus original songs by local singer/songwriter Johannah Zacherer.
Among the plays is Debbie Weiss' One More to Go in Beantown, a David Mamet-like play about loyalty among thieves. Set in a posh Back Bay apartment, two robbers meet and there's money to be divided, but they have come too soon.
Martha Patterson's After the Dissolution is about a couple examining the frailty of their marriage in the ex-Soviet country of Belarus. Ellen Sullivan shares the story of a young woman who goes to the "shark tank" with an operating system that can tell the future in Girl With Algorithm.
I, Witness by Joan Anderson and Dorothy Sanders present a chilling monologue by a witness to a murder, while Hopper by Carolyn Russell is a "spy versus spy" story of a couple meeting at a local café and raises questions like "who's the good guy?" and "who will come out on top?"
In Deirdre Girard's Are You My Valentine?, a young lady's valentine's party is spoiled when only one man shows up. Or is it?
And, finally, Lowell playwright Karla Sorenson's Primal Urges is a comedy about two quirky people connecting on a bus stop bench.
Tickets are $19 at imagetheater.com or call 978-441-0102.
On the marquee
- 'WORKING' WONDERS: Open Door Theatre of Acton presents Working, the Tony-nominated musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, with music by Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor. Teri Shea directs a cast of 95, including several people with special needs, from around the region in an ambitious production on stage at the Dragonfly Theatre at RJ Grey Junior High School, Charter Road, Acton, on March 28-30 and April 4-6. Since its founding 34 years ago, Open Door Theater has opened performing to all, while breaking down prejudices towards people with special needs. "We all have strengths and weaknesses, and theater provides a safe place that allows us to stretch our wings because there is always someone to help catch us when we need help," said president Samantha Gould.This year, the company offers an Autism Friendly performance of Working at its Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. matinee and an audio described and ASL interpreted performance at its Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m. matinee. Tickets $12 ($10 for Autism Friendly performance at opendoortheater.org or call 978-264-8150.
- LOCAL TIES: Actress Amelia Broome of Wilmington returns to The Lyric Stage as Eve, a celebrity financial guru, in the New England premiere of Rich Girl by Massachusetts native Victoria Stewart, being performed March 28-April 26 at the Lyric's 140 Clarendon St., Copley Square, Boston, home. The play, a modern-day take on the classic The Heiress, is being directed by Emerson College graduate Courtney O'Connor. It involves the sheltered Claudine, who meets starving artist Henry and falls head over heels. But her mother, Eve, the financial whiz, has her doubts and thinks Henry is only after her money. Tickets $25-$61 at 617-585-5678 or lyricstage.com.
- PRACTICING TOLERANCE: Theatre With a Twist presents The Same Sky, a new show by Andrea Green that celebrates acceptance and tolerance in a family-friendly format. Performances are at Hale Middle School in Stow on Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 30, at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets $13, adults; $11, seniors/students at theatrewithatwist.org.
Nancye Tuttle's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.