Cannon Theatre brings Ken Ludwig's madcap comedy "Moon Over Buffalo" to life in performances March 9-31 at its intimate space on Great Road, Littleton.
Directed by Chris Merritt and produced by Shawn Cannon, the hilarious play centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading theater stars of the 1950s. They're playing "Private Lives" and "Cyrano De Bergerac" in rep in Buffalo, N.Y., with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, and things start unraveling in this laugh-out-loud comic farce!
The cast features Bill Hoermann, Lee Pallotta and Sandy Armstrong of Acton; Chris Shea of Ayer; Maureen Caulfield of Harvard; Victoria Powell and Angela Powell of Hudson; and Alex Dinola of Westford.
Show dates are March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. Seats are limited, as the theater only seats 50, so get your tickets now! Adults, $20; seniors/students, $15; children, 10 and under, $10. Get tickets online at www.thecannontheatre.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-448-2108 for more info.
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NOMINATIONS GALORE: Merrimack Repertory Theatre's productions of "My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend," "Silent Sky" and "The Royale" earned 15 IRNE Award nominations this week from the Independent Reviewers of New England, a group of theater reviewers from across New England. The nods for "Boyfriend" are for Best New Play (Christian Duhamel and Edward Bell) and Best Solo Performance (Charissa Bertels). "Silent Sky" is up for Best Play, Best Director, Play (Sean Daniels), Best Set Design (James J. Fenton), Best Lighting Design (Brian J. Lilienthal), Best Sound Design (David Keeton), Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actress, Play (Julia Brothers) and Best Actress, Play (Alexis Bronkovic). "The Royale" was honored with nominations for Best Play, Best Director, Play (Megan Sandberg-Zakian), Best Supporting Actress, Play (Ramona Lisa Alexander), Best Supporting Actor, Play (Mark W. Soucy), and Best Actor, Play (Thomas Silcott). This marks the most IRNE nominations MRT has ever received. It was also placed in the large-stage category, along with the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre and Ogunquit Playhouse. The winners will be announced April 23 at 7:30 p.m., in the Ballroom of the Holiday Inn Brookline/Boston, just outside Kenmore Square. Free admission and open to all.
POPS SEASON: Tickets are on sale for the Boston Pops Orchestra's 2018 spring season, which runs May 9-June 16 at Symphony Hall, Boston. Under Keith Lockhart's direction, season highlights include several concerts to celebrate American music icon Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday; an Opening Night concert by pop sensation Andy Grammer; appearances by British vocal sensation Alfie Boe, Broadway's Sutton Foster and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.; and film nights with Pops Conductor Laureate John Williams. Tickets are available at 888-266-1200 or at www.bostonpops.org.
BELL RINGER: Last chance this week to see "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H. The musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic novel plays Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Call 603-433-4472 or visit www.seacoastrep.org.