“Circle Mirror Transformation”

Hallowell City Hall

By Annie Baker,

directed by Richard Bostwick.

Four New Englanders in Vermont enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class and begin to experiment with theatrical games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The play is a beautifully crafted diorama, a fish bowl in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of this quintet.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Call 626-3698 or email [email protected]

“Tartuffe”

Colby College’s Runnals Building

The scoundrel we love to hate, leads Orgon and his family to the brink of disaster before his religious hypocrisy is uncovered.

Admission: free. Call 859-4535 or email colby.edu/artsatcolby.

“The Tempest”

Lucid Stage

Directed by Adam Gutgsel

The story of Prospero, one time Duke of Milan, now cast out and master of a dark and mysterious island. After years with only the company of his daughter and the spirits of his island, his enemies unwittingly pass with the sphere of his power, and he conjures a storm to wreck their vessel and draw them into his world. Will he punish them for having wronged him so long ago, or will he find forgiveness in his heart?

Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens; 899-3993 or [email protected]

COMING SOON

“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Presented by Messalonskee High School Players

Oscar Wilde’s hilarious satire. Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

“Three Days of Rain”

Presented by ACAT

A year after he disappeared, Walker Janeway returns to hear the reading of his father’s will. After an evening of harrowing and sometimes comically inadvertent revelations between Walker, his sister Nan, and Pip, the son of his father’s partner, we travel back to 1960 and meet the parents at the same age their children are in Act One. In the guise of a love story, we are offered all the information needed to devise an alternative reading of the sad, unexpectedly romantic family story.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for youth and seniors. For tickets or more information, call 873-7000 or visit operahouse.org.

“Checkered Floors”

Maine writer and performer Cheryl Hamilton and her one-woman show. Open to the public with requests for donations at the door. “Checkered Floors” tells the story of a college graduate who returns to Maine amid the arrival of 1,500 Somali migrants and the hilarities and horrors of her homecoming as she works to help her new neighbors make homes of their own. Filled with heart and humor, Hamilton’s play is a window into her personal experience of how the Somali migration to Maine changed her life.

“Fox on the Fairway”

By Ken Ludwig Directed by Linda Duarte.

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Reservation line opens three weeks before the show opens; 626-3698 or [email protected]

“I Hate Hamlet”

presented by ACAT

Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity from his starring role in a hit TV series; a rich, beautiful girlfriend; a devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. There are, however, a couple of glitches: Andrew’s series has been cancelled; his girlfriend is clinging to her virginity with unyielding conviction; and he has no desire to play Hamlet. Then, during a seance, John Barrymore’s ghost appears and refuses to leave until Andrew accepts the part and fulfills his actor’s destiny. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, Barrymore, his sword, and the fact that he fails as Hamlet in Central Park.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 youth and senior. For tickets or more information, call 873-7000 or visit operahouse.org.

“Moonlight and Magnolias,” directed by Linda Duarte.

If you’ve ever wondered how the movie “Gone With the Wind” was made, now’s your chance to peek behind the scenes.

The plot is: Well, three men in a locked room for five days, living on bananas and peanuts, turn Margaret Mitchell’s novel, “Gone With the Wind” into one of the greatest screenplays of all times!

For tickets, call 312-0161.

“Murder on the Nile,” by Agatha Christie, directed by Deborah Howard.

Gaslight Theater returns to the mistress of mystery for another classic who-done-it in Murder on the Nile. Take a pair of newlyweds, a jilted lover, an ill-tempered British aristocrat and her maid, a surly German, and few others, add a murder, stir well, and you have Murder on the Nile. Based on the book featuring Hercule Poirot, the stage version presents a different take on the art of detection.

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Reservation line opens three weeks before the show opens; 626-3698 or [email protected]

“Red,” by John Logan.

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for BEST PLAY, Red offers a rare and thrilling glimpse into the mind of a great artist struggling with his ego, his conscience, and his art. Under the gaze of his assistant and the threatening presence of a new generation of artists, Abstract expressionist Mark Rothko accept the biggest commission in the history of modern art, and confronts the pressure of his own popularity when he attempts to create a series of murals to hang in the famous Four Seasons restaurant. Breathtakingly intense and thought-provoking, Red is a love letter to the creative spirit in each of us, and an electrifying portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work of art.

NOTE: Contains some adult language.

Tickets: $18 for adults, $5 for children; thepublictheatre.org or 782-3200.

“The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the movie by Alfred Hitchcock and the novel by John Buchan Directed by Lynette Miller.

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances (a cast of over a hundred is played by only four actors) and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. 2008 Tony Award Nominee, Best Play.

Ticket cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens. Reservation line opens three weeks before the show opens; 626-3698 or [email protected]

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

By Monmouth Community Players

A day in the life of ‘Peanuts’ character, Charlie Brown and his friends. It is a day made up of moments picked from all the days of Charlie Brown, from Valentine’s Day to baseball season. The story unfolds through a series of vignettes that mimic the four-panel format used by cartoonist Charles Schultz. The panel format is supplemented by longer, almost Shakespearean soliloquies and musical interludes.

Tickets cost $12; 514-4929.

“The Language of Archive”

By Julia Cho

A thought-provoking comedy speaks volumes about the most universal, mysterious and insane language of all: the language of love. George is a man devoted to the study of language who can’t seem to find the right words to say to his wife. For everyone who has ever struggled with the language difference between men and women, this insightful and compassionate comedy explores the need to connect, the struggle to communicate, and the search to find the words for what lies in our hearts.

Tickets: $18 for adults, $5 for children; thepublictheatre.org or 782-3200.

“The Wiz”

By Gardiner Area High School Visual

and Performing Arts Department

The popular Broadway musical is the 1970s era remake of the classic story of “The Wizard Of Oz.”

Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens/students. Tickets can be purchased at the high school’s Little Theater after school; email [email protected], or call 582-3150, ext. 3027. Seating is reserved.

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