Entertainment Highlights: Bradford’s Old Church Community Theater Troupe Goes on the Road for a Winter Show
Ashley, played by Meghan Bullard, fights with her husband Prescott, played by Wallace Hersatz, after she refuses to procure a birth certificate for her grandfather while director Peter Richards, left, and stage manager Kara Gray, right, watch and take notes during a rehearsal for Old Church Community Theater’s production of Death By Golf at Alumni Hall in Haverhill Tuesday night. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Ashley, played by Meghan Bullard, leans on the bathroom door where her husband Prescott, played by Wallace Hersatz, is locked in during a rehearsal for Death By Golf at Alumni Hall in Haverhill. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Alternative rock singer-songwriter and author Mike Doughty is performing at Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction on Feb. 22. (Sarah Forbes Keogh photograph) Purchase photo reprints »
The Old Church Community Theater in Bradford has been a seasonal entertainment outlet since it was founded by former Off-Broadway dancer Dominique Bulfair and her business partner Maryalice Klammer in 1984 . This weekend, the community theater outfit will venture out of the 18th-century church building it has called home for 30 years and travel across the river to Alumni Hall in Haverhill to perform Gregg Keutz’s comedy Death By Golf. It’s the first in what director Peter Richards hopes will be a series of winter productions.
While the Old Church Theater building on North Main Street in Bradford sees a lot of use from May to September, it’s dormant in winter. Attempts to use the Bradford Academy building in the cold months fell through, so the group set its sights on Alumni Hall, home of the Court Street Arts organization. A winter play is a chance “to broaden some of the activities we have,” Richards said. “And some of us get antsy when we don’t have anything to do with plays for a few months.”
Late February is an ideal time to stage a show, Richards said, because “it’s sort of cabin fever season. And this is a silly, fun play.”
Chuck Fray plays Grandpa, a hard-of-hearing semi-pro golfer whose plans to spend an afternoon teeing off are thwarted by the arrival of his anxious niece Ashley (Meghan Bullard), and an attorney named Muriel (Barb Swantak), both of whom want to see Grandpa’s birth certificate. When he discovers an escaped convict named Tony (Eric Downing) in his closet, Grandpa mistakes him for Ashley’s new husband Prescott, played by Wallace Hersatz. The case of mistaken identity makes for a comedy and murder mystery that’s “mostly fun and comic and ridiculous,” Richards said.
It’s not yet clear whether more winter productions will follow, but Richards said that’s an idea that the Old Church Theater is considering carefully. “I think our group is very much in faovr of doing it on a regular basis,” he said. The troupe will return to the old church for its regular season, with the first show, Catch Me If You Can, running from May 3-12. It will be the first season since the death of co-founder Bulfair last summer (Klammer died in 2009), and the season will be dedicated to the memory of both women.
The Old Church Community Theater presents “Death By Golf” at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday at Alumni Hall in Haverhill ($10, adults; $5, students). “Death By Golf” will also be staged March 1 through 3 at Alumni Hall.
The sounds of the Middle East are married with Western classical and jazz in “New Sounds From Arab Lands,” a concert featuring original songs performed by five renowned musicians from the Arab world that takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts. Julliard-trained Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is joined by Syrian saxophonist Basel Rajoub, Tunisian violinist Jasser Haj Youssef and special guests, Syrian musician Feras Charestan and Lebanese percussionist Khaled Yassine, for an improvisational journey through Middle Eastern music that’s at once traditional and reflective of the modern Arab world ($23-$33).
∎ This weekend marks the premiere of Under the Lintel, playwright Glen Berger’s one-man show about a library book that’s returned 123 years late, and the librarian’s quest to learn about the borrower, at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield. Directed by Shaker Bridge Artistic Director Bill Coons, Under the Lintel will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Whitney Hall Auditorium in Enfield ($25 adults, $20 students).
∎ Alternative singer-songwriter and former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, known for the songs Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well and Busting Up a Starbucks, performs at Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Doughty’s concert comes a year after the release of his memoir, The Book of Drugs, in which he reflects on his wide-ranging career and his struggles with addiction ($30).
∎ Works by Aaron Copland and Igor Stravinksy are part of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble’s program for its “Glimpses of Love” concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in Spaulding Auditorium. Led by conductor Matthew Marsit, the ensemble will be joined by Dartmouth’s Handel Society and will also perform a new work by modern composer Christopher Marshall, based on the works of the poet Rumi ($16-$20).
∎ The Talich Quartet from the Czech Republic has driven rave reviews since it was founded in 1964, performing at the International String Quartet Festival in Ottawa and Carnegie Hall in New York. The current lineup of the Quartet performs a concert with selections from Beethoven, Dvorak and Janacek in a concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph ($32, advance; $35, day of show).
Singer-songwriter Susie Smolen of Rochester, Vt., premieres her new show, “Made in America: Voices of American Labor in Story and Song” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Smolen’s one-woman show focuses on the storytelling and musical contributions of American laborers from 1897 to 1983 ($10 suggested donation).
Claremont singer Cher Mitchell Aubin will host of the “Claremont’s Got Talent” show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Claremont Opera House ($6).
Latin dance champion Jacob Jason leads a “Romance in Your Dance” workshop at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Richard Black Community Center in Hanover ($10). He’ll also give a free lesson at 7:30, followed by dancing from 8 to 11 with DJ Mary Guerin ($10, adults; $5, students).
∎ The fourth Saturday contradance at Tracy Hall in Norwich will feature calling from Ruth Sylvester and music from Cuckoo’s Nest. The dancing gets under way at 8 p.m., and beginners and singles are always welcome. Bring soft-soled shoes ($5-$8; children under 16 free; seniors admitted by donation).
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s comedy about the dual identities of two Victorian men, concludes its run at Northern Stage this weekend, with the company’s longtime producing director Catherine Doherty as Lady Bracknell. Directed by New London Barn Playhouse Artistic Director Carol Dunne, Earnest will be performed at 7:30 tonight, tomorrow and Saturday; and at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Visit www.northernstage.org for more information.
∎ Playwright David Ives’ modern adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th-century play The Liar will be performed by the Dartmouth Theater Department at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater. It tells the story of a young man with a penchant for tall tales whose bad habit catches up with him when he meets the woman of his dreams. Dartmouth’s production of The Liar also has music from Joel Mercier, musical director at the New London Barn Playhouse, and choreography from Dartmouth alumnus Josh Feder ($15-$19).
Bar and Club Circuit
Bluesman Arthur James plays 3 Guys Basement Barbeque in Hanover tonight at 8.
∎ Joey Leone is at Firestones Restaurant in Quechee at 8 tonight. On Saturday, Brian Warren and Friends play an 8 p.m. show at Firestones.
∎ Jason Cann will perform at Harpoon Brewery at 6 tonight and at Goosefeather’s Pub at Mount Sunapee Resort at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
∎ Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock has Jim Yeager performing at 9 tonight.
∎ Jim Roberts and Doug Morse team up to entertain diners at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover tomorrow, starting at 6 p.m.
∎ Dixie Dee and the Diamonds rock Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland at 9 p.m. tomorrow.
∎ Enjoy music from The Road Trash Band at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon tomorrow at 9 p.m.
∎ Salt hill Pub in Lebanon has music from the Boston rockabilly group Girls, Guns and Glory at 9 p.m. tomorrow and Celtic punk band The Gobshites at 9 p.m. Saturday. The pub also has live traditional Irish music sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Girls, Guns and Glory also plays Salt hill’s Hanover location at 9 p.m. Saturday.
∎ The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont has music from Guy Burlange at 5 p.m. Sunday.
∎ Second Wind, the duo of Terry Ray Gould and Suzi Hastings, performs at Salt hill Pub in Hanover tomorrow at 9 p.m. Tonight, the pub has live traditional Irish music starting at 8.
∎ Frydaddy lead singer Carlos O’Casio performs at Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9 p.m. tomorrow. Saturday night, the pub welcomes Dave Clark and JukeJoynt for a 9 o’clock show.
∎ These musicians perform at Canoe Club in Hanover: tonight, guitarist Tom Pirozzoli; tomorrow, pianist Bob Lucier; Saturday, pianist Gillian Joy; and Wednesday, David Greenfield.
Open Mics, Jams
Every fourth Friday is open mic night at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse, starting at 7 o’clock in the basement of the Sunapee Methodist Church.
∎ Tonight, Salt hill Pub in Lebanon has an open mic hosted by Seth Barbiero and Brian Warren from 8 to 11.
∎ Chad Gibbs hosts Salt hill Pub in Hanover’s open mic at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
∎ Canoe Club in Hanover has an Acoustic Showcase night hosted by Dave Clark each Sunday starting at 8 p.m. This week, the bluegrass band Sweetgrass is the featured group, and patrons are invited to participate.
∎ Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock has an open mic led by Brian Warren on Monday nights.
∎ The Pines Restaurant in Chelsea is the site of an open mic night hosted by John Lackard on Wednesday, starting at 9 p.m.
∎ Shepard’s Pie Restaurant on Route 4 in Quechee is the site of a Tuesday night open mic, starting at 6.
∎ The Colatina Exit in Bradford has an open mic on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
∎ There’s an open jam every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 at Tuck’s Rock Dojo in Etna.
∎ Wednesday night is open mic night at Skunk Hollow Tavern. It’s led by Gregory Brown and starts at 8:30.
∎ Anthony Furnari hosts an open mic at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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