BOGIE AND BERGMANN: Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund return in Casablanca.
BOGIE AND BERGMANN: Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund return in Casablanca.

It's that time of year to put your blush on again with Image Theater Company's 11th Annual Keep Your Kids at Home Naughty Readings, an extravaganza of R-rated plays and songs that are decidedly not for the kiddies.

The fun takes place on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. upstairs at the Old Court Pub, 29 Central St., downtown Lowell.

The annual fundraiser features seven original, sexy, silly, outrageously naughty plays, plus two original songs by Stephen Gilbane and Don Schuerman of Improv Boston.

"The titles I cannot divulge at the moment ... too naughty," says Image founder and co-producer Jerry Bisantz.

Tickets are $25 in advance and available at or call 978-441-0102. At the door, tickets are $28.

If you can't attend, but still want to be in on some fun and help Image Theater continue its mission of bringing original plays and music to the Merrimack Valley (over 100 local playwrights have been presented since 2005), consider entering the raffle.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell's award-winning company, has donated two tickets to any coming show this season. The tickets are valued at $90 and $10 raffle tickets will be available at the Naughties or on-line at

On the marquee


CIRCLE OF LIFE: Disney's The Lion King has captivated the imaginations of audiences around the world for over 20 years. And now the African savannah comes to life on-stage in a production from the Peacock Players, the award-winning, N.H.-based youth theater, with performances weekends November 10-19 at the Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. The junior version of the award-winning movie and stage productions tells the story of Simba, a curious lion cub, as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his future destiny as king. Along the way, the young lion encounters a colorful cast of characters, including the mysterious Rafiki, his spunky lioness pal Nala, the charismatic meerkat Timon and the loveably flatulent warthog Pumbaa. To claim his rightful place on the throne and save his beloved Pride lands, Simba must find his inner strength and confront his wicked Uncle Scar. The show features the classic Elton John and Tim Rice songs from the 1994 Disney film, including "Hakuna Matata," "Circle of Life" and the Oscar-winning "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" as well as several additional songs written for the Broadway production.

Andrea Underhill directs, with musical direction by Sarah Evans and choreography by Cristina White. The cast is comprised of young thespians from around the region. Performances Fridays, Nov. 10-17, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 11-18, 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 12-19 at 2 p.m. Tickets $12-$15 at 603-886-7000 or on-line at

FAMILY CONCERT: Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra invites music loving families to its fall Dreams and Adventures concerts on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. in the Lowell Catholic High School Gym, 530 Stevens St., Lowell and on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen. The program includes such lively tunes as "Raiders of the Lost Ark March" by John Williams, "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Aaron Copland and "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy. $10, adults; $5, children and students. Free admission for veterans (please show card at door.) Visit for info.

PLAY IT, SAM: Casablanca, the cinema classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, returns to the big screen this week with 75th anniversary screenings at 20 Boston area theaters, including Lowell Showcase Cinemas on Sunday, Nov. 12 and Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Rated the third greatest film by the American Film Institute, the screening include exclusive commentary before and after the film from Turner Classic Movies' Ben Mankiewicz. Released during the height of World War II, Casablanca depicts the struggle and backroom dealings many Europeans faced trying to flee the continent for America through Morocco. With Rick's Café Americain and the war as its backdrop, the film reunited Rick Blaine (Bogart) with his lost love Ilsa Lund (Bergman), who may still be in love with Rick but who has sworn to help her husband, resistance fighter Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) escape Nazi-dominated Europe for America. Visit for info.

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