Actors Theatre Playhouse
Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H.
http://www.atplayhouse.org, 877 666-1855
June 9-25: Ten Minute Play Festival. July 7-23: Nick Payne’s Constellations. Aug 6 & 8: Bill Cain’s Equivocation, staged reading. Aug 20 & 27: Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Sept 9-Oct 18: Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door.
Dorset Theatre Festival
104 Cheney Road, Dorset
www.dorsettheatrefestival.org, 802 867-2223
June 16-July 2: Table Manners. Alan Ayckbourn’s jigsaw-puzzle trilogy is produced as part of a historic collaboration with Weston Playhouse and Northern Stages. Wrapped in a sweet coating of delicious comedy, this Tony Award-winning play is a meditation on loneliness, family, and marriage. July 7-23: Dear Elizabeth. Celebrates the 30-year friendship between two of the most celebrated and honored American poets of the 20th century: Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. With postmarks from Maine to Key West, and as far away as London and South America, Dear Elizabeth is a lyrical and moving portrait of two lives that unfold in letters. July 28-Aug 13: Way of the World. A contemporary retelling of the sardonic masterpiece by William Congreve. Set in the demimonde of the hyper-rich Hamptons, it follows the story of a goodhearted heiress who has become prey to the attentions of an amoral party boy. Can love emerge in a world where love means nothing? While embracing a language completely of the moment, the play faithfully revels in Congreve’s gimlet-eyed questions about society. Aug 18-Sept 3: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Witness one of Billie Holiday’s final performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
Main Street Arts
35 Main St., Saxtons River
July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10: The Foreigner by Larry Shue. A comedy about the foibles of human nature.
Next Stage Arts
15 Kimball Hill Road, Putney
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76 Gates St., White River Junction
www.northernstage.com, 802 291-9009
Thru May 8: Living Together. Hysterical, often poignant romp through one day in the lives of some excruciatingly unhappy 30-somethings in England. July 5-31: Summer Musical Theater Intensive class. July 11-15: Musical Theater 101 class. July 11-15: Fun with Fairy Tales class. July 18-22: Disney Musicals class. July 18-22: Once Upon a Time class.
331 Main St., Bennington
www.oldcastletheatre.org, 802 447-0564
June 3-19: 39 Steps. This long-running Broadway comedy mixes a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, adds a dash of Monty Python to create a fast-paced whodunit for everyone who loves the magic of theatre. A two-time Tony- and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 zany characters, and an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance. July 8-24: Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This show has won seven Tony Awards including best musical, and seven Drama Desk Awards. Music and lyrics are by country crossover singer-songwriter Roger Miller, whose 11 Grammy winners and six gold records include such indelible hits as “King of the Road,” “Dang Me,” “England Swings,” and “One Dyin’ and a Buryin’.” William Hauptman’s book beautifully captures Twain’s rollicking story, which is subversive, hilarious, and tender. Aug 5-21: The City of Conversation. This play premiered at Lincoln Center two years ago and is timely and timeless. It opens in 1979 in Washington, D.C., when the capital was a place where people actually talked to each other; where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. But it was all about to change.
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company
703 Main St., Weston
www.westonplayhouse.org, 802 824-5288
June 28-July 16: Man of La Mancha. Based on Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, this five-time Tony Award winner will have you dreaming “The Impossible Dream” as a hero battles and chivalry is restored. July 21-30: Round and Round the Garden. A collaboration with the Dorset Theatre Festival and Northern Stage, this show shares a cast and creative team, encouraging audiences to follow the exploits from theater to theater to uncover the secrets of a summer weekend in the English Countryside. Aug 4-20: Mama Mia! The ultimate feel-good musical, and one you’ll have to see over and over. Aug 25-Sept 4: All My Sons. Produced in partnership with the Flynn Center in Burlington. Aug 11-Sept 4: Murder for Two. The popular musical comedy with two actors playing 13 roles and two pianos in a madcap whodunit.