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How many images can you find for Nine?

More than nine, for sure. Just a quick browse around the web turned up quite a few different options from a variety of productions. Fascinating how they capture various themes: Italy, women, man, movies, women. Also, women.

Also pretty cool to remember all the great actors (and more than a few actresses) in these roles, from Daniel Day Lewis to Raul Julia to Antonio Banderas.

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We surrender, Friends!

skyWe hope you won’t try to attend the Business Meeting on Sunday, February 22: It is CANCELLED. 

The parking is too tenuous, the piles of snow are too high, and the rehearsals for “Nine” have been cancelled too often: we offer them the space and time.

That’s the last time we uninvite you, though: Please be sure to join us for many lovely events ahead. If you can get out of your house. We hope you can get out of your house.

Coming up in sunnier days and nights:

  • Auditions for “Quartet” – Audition info here.
    February 26, 7-10pm | February 28, 1-5pm
  • “Nine” the MusicalBuy your tickets now! (What else are you doing today?)
    Fridays, April 10, 17, 24, 8pm  |
    Saturdays, April 11, 18, 25, 8pm  |
    Sundays, April 12, 19, 26, 4pm

Big news on our next season: Announcing Directors and Producers

Thanks to everyone who indicated interest in working on our next, great slate of plays. We’re always so happy to have this great pool of talent in the area. Congratulations to those who were chosen; we look forward to working with you all in 2015-2016. 


Music, Book and Lyrics by Marvin Hamlisch, Ed Kleban, James Kirkwood

Director: Nick Meunier
Musical Director: David Lien
Choreographer: Todd Rinehart
Producers: Steve Atwater and Susan Harrington

Recently revived on Broadway and hitting its 40th birthday, this great musical is centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. It takes place on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical.A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.


By Bruce Norris

Director: Celia Couture
Producer: Marlene Mandel
Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” is a sharp-edged comedy about race and community. The play walks a dangerous tightrope between social commentary and comedy, exploring and exploding cultural myths about race, community and the pursuit of the American Dream.

The story builds on events depicted in Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” in which a black family decides to buy a home in an all-white Chicago neighborhood. Norris sets his comedy in the house the family hopes to buy, and the audience watches the conflicts unfold: first, in 1959 when the white couple agrees to sell the house, and then again in the second act, when a new couple seeks to buy and renovate the house 50 years later.


Music and Lyrics by Peter Allen, Book by Nick Enright
Director: Jim Grana
Musical Director: Mario Cruz
Choreographer: Rachel Roccoberton Griffin
Producer: Ginger Webb
 The Boy from Oz tells the dazzling, funny and heart-breaking story of the great entertainer Peter Allen — from his humble beginnings growing up in the Australian outback, through a meteoric rise to fame as an international star who would break all box office records at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Singing in pubs from age 11, Peter survived family tragedy to become a local TV star at 16. Discovered by Judy Garland, he married her daughter Liza Minnelli and went on to become a beloved performer and an Oscar-winning songwriter.

The New York Times reviewer noted: Peter Allen brought entertainment and joy in his life and in his work. This show and the people involved deliver that spirit honestly.”


By Christopher Durang

Director: John Fogle
Producer: Evelyn Corsini Alcorn

In this hilarious comedy of ill manners, the 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Play, Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia are living a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow – and so begins an unforgettable weekend building to a fever pitch of rivalry, regret and racket. Mixing Chekhov sensibilities with modern cringe-worthy flair, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a delightfully off-kilter summer romp that critics have hailed “a sublime state of hilarity” and “a zany joy!”