Valentine's Day is a fond memory by now. But the Top Notch Players at Northern Essex Community College keep love alive over the next two weekends with a production of the comedy "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" by Neil Simon.
Performances are Thursday, Feb. 22; Fridays, Feb. 23 and March 2; and Saturdays, Feb. 24 and March 3, at 7 p.m.; Thursday, March 1, at 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March, 4 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the renovated Chester W. Hawrylciw Theater on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.
The play's protagonist, middle-aged Barney Cashman, is married to his high-school sweetheart. But he wants one sweeping, extramarital romantic fling in his tranquil, faithful marriage -- before life passes him by.
On three different afternoons, he brings women to his mother's apartment while she's at the hospital working. And, in the midst of laughs and jokes, Simon creates a decent fellow who can't succeed in the business of sinning.
Mike Gulezian of Salem, N.H., plays Barney, and NECC theater professor Brianne Beatrice directs.
Tickets $12 general admission; $10 for students and seniors at the door. For advance tickets, contact Beatrice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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40TH SEASON SHINDIG: The invites are out for Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 40th -- yes, that says 40th -- season announcement Tuesday, March 6, at 6 p.m., at MRT, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. Join Artistic Director Sean Daniels as he shares the seven plays coming up in MRT's 2018-19 season. There will be special messages from the playwrights, performances from favorite MRT artists, light refreshments and a celebratory toast. A pre- and post-announcement subscription party that evening offers savings, two free tickets and a special prize drawing, but you have to be present to garner the savings. It's free and open to all, but RSVP by emailing the box office at email@example.com or through MRT's Facebook page.
CITY STORIES REPRISAL: Image Theater of Lowell brings back its popular "City Stories" to The Old Court Pub (upstairs), corner of Central and Middle streets, Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. And, to that end, co-producers Jerry Bisantz and Ann Garvin are asking local writers to provide their "best 5 to 10 minutes of material -- prose, poems, monologues, excerpts from their books, whatever." Image's actors, the "performing talent," will dramatically interpret the work on stage. "We will give you, the writer, a unique opportunity to sit back and experience the vibe that we playwrights feel when the audience responds to our written words," said Bisantz. "Previous 'City Stories' have been popular with our local writers. This is a chance to hear your work in a fresh, dramatic fashion, instead of reading for yourselves, as you often do." The deadline to submit submissions is March 15 at noon. Send them in an attachment to Imagetheaterlowell@gmail.com with the subject heading "CITY STORIES" followed by your name. Include your contact info with your submission. Limit two submissions per writer, except poets. Time limitation for each reading is 10 minutes. Image invites writers to share the invitation with other writers they know.
DOWNHOME MUSIC: Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston celebrates classic American country music with The Country Jamboree on stage this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., in Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. Seasoned musicians perform the music of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and other great country stars. Tickets start at $37 and are available at www.reaglemusictheatre.com or call 781-891-5600.