Despite wintry weather, April is here and love is in the air -- at least on stage.
Artists Collective Theatre (ACT), a new troupe in Nashua, N.H., continues its inaugural season with Becky Shaw, a comic look at love and family by Gina Gionfriddo.
The production, running for two weekends April 3-5 and 10-12 in the Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St., is a "comedy of bad manners, a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30s that is as engrossing as it is ferociously funny," notes the New York Times.
Gionfriddo, a writer and producer for Law & Order, earned an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University and has an Obie Award, Guggenheim Fellowship and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, given to female playwright for outstanding work, under her belt.
The play takes a scathing look at love, money and maternal influence. It involves Max and his adopted sister Susanna. After Susanna's father dies, she impulsively marries a grad student she meets on a ski trip and Max agrees to go on a blind date with a woman named Becky Shaw. As the date ends, they both are mugged and the ramifications go on to affect both Max and Susanna in their lives.
Performances at 8 p.m. On Thursday, April 3, it's a pay-what-you-can preview. Other shows on April 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12 are $15-$20. Visit act-theatre.org.
On the marquee:
- LOVE, MUSICALLY: Chelmsford-based Illumination Opera presents Singles Support Group, A Musical Revue that showcases the funny side of looking for love. Performances are Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., at Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road. $9.50 in advance; $10 at door. Visit chelmsfordarts.org.
- 'TIS THE SEASON: It's that time of year when new theatrical seasons are announced. Broadway in Boston's line-up features old favorites and exciting newcomers, includes Disney's The Lion King, Sept. 9-Oct. 12 at Boston Opera House; Mamma Mia!, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre; Motown, the Musical, Jan. 27-Feb. 15, 2015, Boston Opera House; Dirty Dancing, The Classic Story on Stage, April 28-May 10, 2015, Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre; Disney's Newsies, June 23-July 5, 2015, Boston Opera House; Kinky Boots, Aug. 11-23, Boston Opera House. Visit BroadwayInBoston.com for details on subscription offers. Single tickets on sale at a later date.
- WEEKEND STAGES: Merrimack College students and alumni perform the comedic satire Tartuffe in Rogers Center for the Arts, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover, Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. $10, general admission; $5, students and college staff at 978-837-5355 or merrimack.edu/community/rogers... Dance Prism presents Variations on Make Way for Ducklings, an original ballet based on Robert McCloskey's beloved children's story, on Saturday, April 5, at 2:30 p.m. at the Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road, Andover. Children have a chance to meet the Mallards and other characters at a reception following the ballet. $24, adults; $18, children and seniors at danceprism.com or 978-371-1038.
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