Nicholas, played by Kevin Pacheco, battles a dragon who holds all the stars in the sky in order to save his grandfather in "The Boy Who Stole the Stars," opening Sept. 20 on the Kennedy Theatre Mainstage.

Stage hopping from
‘Chicago’ to ‘Vegas’


MORE MUSIC, more dancing, more drama. Local theater companies are aiming for a season to beat all seasons for 2002-03. To start, Manoa Valley Theatre is staging "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" and Kumu Kahua brings back Edward Sakamoto's "Aloha Las Vegas" for an encore performance.

Diamond Head Theatre is rehearsing Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's "Chicago" for a Sept. 27 opening date, and also has in the works "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," as well as the beloved classics "Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz."

Meanwhile, MVT's Artistic Planning Committee worked to bring in some of the nation's best recent Broadway and Off Broadway shows available. Among them are the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning "Proof" and "The Laramie Project," based on the tragic tale of Matthew Shepard, killed because he was gay.

At Kumu Kahua, local lives are spotlighted, whether in a tale about a king ("King Kalakaua's Poker Game"), queen ("The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu"), or a kind of messed-up, though loving-in-their-own-way family "Heads by Harry," as can be conceived only by the fearless writer Lois-Ann Yamanaka.

Army Community Theatre continues to sing and dance its way into our hearts, bringing back "Oklahoma!," "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and "Godspell."

Honolulu Theatre for Youth has a couple of "Amazing" tales for the younger set, while Kennedy Theatre travels the world for tales from Greece, Japan and Germany, plus dances from Korea.

And our own columnist Dave Donnelly gets into the act at TAG, where he'll be directed not one, but two productions next spring: "Art" and "The Weir."


Army Community Theatre

Performances at Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter. Season tickets are $56 for adults and $28 for children under 12. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Call 438-4480 or go online at

>> "Oklahoma!" -- The high-spirited rivalry between Western farmers and cowboys at the turn of the 20th century provides the colorful background for Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical, in which the handsome cowboy Curly, and the winsome farm girl Laurey, play out their love story, a journey as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road. Performances: Sept. 5-7, 13-14, and 20-21.

>> "Smokey Joe's Cafe" -- Many of the most popular rock 'n' roll songs of the '50s and early '60s are featured in Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's journey to the Golden Age of American culture. The production won the 1996 Grammy Award for best musical and was nominated for seven Tony Awards. Performances: Nov. 14-16, 22-23 and 29-30. Auditions: 7 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday at Richardson Theatre.

>> "Christmas Forgotten" -- This musical revue takes place in New York's Central Park as a soldier calling home from the phone booth, a nun chasing and catching a troubled student, a group of carolers, a policeman and others share their feelings about the holiday. Auditions: Oct. 7-9. Performances: Dec. 13-15 and 20-22.

>> "Godspell" -- The rock opera is a modern retelling of the Gospel according to Matthew, with a celebration of music, mime, comedy and slapstick. The score combines elements of rock, gospel and ragtime, with the hits "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" and "Day by Day." Auditions: Dec. 9-11. Performances: Feb. 27-28 and March 1, 7-8 and 14-15.

>> "The Music Man" -- Favorite musical is an affectionate story of a fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill who cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize -- despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for librarian Marian. Auditions: March 3-5. Performances: May 8-10, 16-17 and 23-24.

ACT Readers Theatre

>> "Going to see the Elephant" -- In the Kansas wilderness of the 1870s, four frontier women wrest a living from the soil. The group's matriarch inspires the others with homespun wisdom and strength. In the midst of striving to achieve all life can offer, they talk of crossing the nest hill to see what lies on the other side. Performances: Sept. 8,15 and 22.

>> "The Sea Horse" -- Seaman Harry Bales, on shore leave on the West Coast, heads for a bar run by Gertrude Blum, a heavy unsentimental proprietor. Together, these outwardly abrasive characters reveal their long locked-up secrets. Performances: Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1

>> "Drums Under the Windows" -- Experience the humor, pathos and moving power of Ireland most famous playwright in Paul Shyre's adaptation of the third volume of Sean O'Casey's novelized autobiographies. Performances: March 2, 9 and 16.

>> "Amy's View" -- The year is 1979. Esme Allen is a well-known West End actress coming to terms with the changing times and trends of the theater she regally dominates. Her daughter Amy has arrived with a new boyfriend ... and a secret, the ramifications of which will not be fully felt or understood until 16 years later. Performances: May 11, 18 and 25.

>> "Trial by Jury" and "Cox and Box" -- "Trial by Jury" was the first product of the regular collaboration of W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan and produced March 25, 1875. It is their only work without spoken dialogue. In "Cox and Box" Sgt. Bounce has a scheme to get double rent from one room. By day he lets it to Mr. Box (a printer who is out all night) and by night to Mr. Cox (a hatter who works all day). The two meet and discover they share more than the same bed. Cox is engaged to the widow Penelope Ann Wiggins -- a fate Box escaped by pretending to commit suicide. News arrives that she has been lost at sea and has left her fortune to her "intended." Both men try to claim her for themselves, until another letter arrives; she's been found! Performances: June 15, 22 and 29.

Tim Bostock

>> "Hello Broadway" -- Highlights from such Broadway blockbusters as "Miss Saigon," "Les Miserables," "CATS" and "The Phantom of the Opera" will be performed by stars from the Broadway stage, including Jade Stice, DeeDee Lyn Magno and Clifton Hall, plus one local cast member soon to be named. Performances: 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall. Tickets are $58, $48, $38 and $24, with a $10 discount on selected seats in the top three categories for students and seniors (at Blaisdell Box Office only). Call 526-4400 to charge-by-phone. Auditions: 5 to 8 p.m. today at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

Diamond Head Theatre

Performances at 520 Makapuu Ave. Season tickets are $45, $90, $135 and $180. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Call the box office at 733-0274 or visit DHT's Web site at Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays unless noted.

Tricia Marciel plays Roxie Hart in Diamond Head Theatre's production of "Chicago," opening Sept. 27.

>> "Chicago" -- The longest (still!) running revival on Broadway, "Chicago," by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse with music by John Kander, won six 1997 Tony Awards. In roaring the '20s, Roxie Hart murders her faithless lover. While on Death Row, she and another murderess, Velma, vie for the spotlight and headlines, hoping the publicity will catapult them to fame, fortune and stage success. Musical include "All That Jazz" and "The Cellblock Tango." Performances: Sept. 27-Oct. 13.

>> "Sound of Music" -- The final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "Sound of Music" was destined to become the world's most beloved musical, winning six Tony Awards and five Academy Awards. The story is of a high spirited postulant who is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a stern, widowed naval Captain. Her rapport with the children wins the heart of the Captain and they marry, only to find their country has been invaded by the Nazis. They flee Austria over the mountains on the eve of World War II. Musical highlights include "My Favorite Things," "Climb Every Mountain" and "Do-Re-Mi." Performances: Dec. 6-22.

>> "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" -- Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, Randle P. McMurphy lands himself in a mental ward, fighting to liberate his fellow mental patients from the psychological and emotional controls exerted by Nurse Ratched. A funny, bittersweet play. Performances: Jan. 31-Feb. 16.

>> "Romance/Romance" -- Two musical stories explore the complications of falling in love. Act I is a charming operetta of old Vienna, where a wealthy businessman and elegant courtesan discover love only when disguised as a penniless poet and a millineress. Act II jets forward to a present summer in the Hamptons and poses the question: can a married man really be best friends with a woman who's married? Musical highlights include "It's Not Too Late" and "I'll Always Remember The Song." Performances: March 21-April 6.

>> "Follies" -- This masterpiece with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of theatrical impresario of yesteryear Dimtri Weissmann, who's hosting a reunion of ex-Follies performers in his crumbling theater, setting the stage for a parade of brilliant '20s, '30s and '40s musical numbers. Musical highlights include "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here" and "Broadway Baby." Performances: May 23-June 8.

>> "The Wizard of Oz" -- Who doesn't know and love L. Frank Baum's story of Dorothy, the Munchkins, the Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and the Wicked Witch of the West? The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of the motion picture will be recreated with a few new twists, like dancing jitterbugs. But, as in the movie, Dorothy returns to Kansas realizing that there's no place like home. Musical highlights include "Over the Rainbow" and "We're Off to See the Wizard." Performances: July 8-Aug. 3.

Hawaii Pacific University

Productions staged at the Windward Campus Theatre at 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. Call 254-0853.

>> "Death of a Salesman" -- Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning tale revolves around the last days of Willy Loman, a salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness in his quest for the American Dream. Performances: Nov. 8-Dec. 8

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Performances at various sites and times. Call 839-9885.

Everyone has a bad day sometimes, but probably not one like Alexander's. Honolulu Theatre for Youth's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day" continues through Oct. 6.

>> "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day" -- It happens to everyone, but unfortunately, Alexander is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He learns that if we can't escape them we might as well muddle through them. At Leeward Community College Theatre, for ages 5 and up. Performances: 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sept. 14, and 21 and Oct. 6. Sign-interpreted show: Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m.

>> "Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King" -- Superman meets Curious George in the Far East! The Monkey King is China's mythical, mischievous protagonist super-hero, and his time-honored tale has been reinvigorated in this modern script for ages 9 and up. The production will use elements of Beijing Opera music, design and acting styles, as well as martial arts and dance movements. Performances: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26 at Richardson Theatre, Ft. Shafter; same times Nov. 2 and 9 at Windward Community College Theatre. Sign-interpreted: 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2.

>> Theatrefest 2002 -- Premieres of original plays written and performed by Hawaii teenagers. Since 1987, Theatrefest has produced more than 60 plays by local students. Thirteen have received national honors; others have gone on to productions in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Oregon, Massachusetts, Florida and Washington, D.C. At Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew's Cathedral, for ages 10 and up. Performances: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22-23.

>> "Christmas Talk Story 2002" -- This local assortment of holiday delights is a baker's dozen (or so) of original stories by local authors, all told from a child's perspective. This year, the tradition evolves in the form of a collaboration with Kumu Kahua Theatre and a live band. At Tenney Theatre for ages 6 and up. Performances: 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 13, and 20; and 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Sign interpreted: 2 p.m. Dec. 7 (coinciding with the city's Light Parade).

>> "War" -- Powerful drama by Dennis Foon, author of "New Kid" and "The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing" -- two successful HTY productions -- addresses youth violence. Based on interviews and workshops with high school students, the play explores how young people, particularly boys, have come to adopt warfare as a metaphor for their lives. At Tenney Theatre for ages 10 and up. Performances: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 8 and 15. Sign-interpreted: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8.

>> "The Last Paving Stone" -- This charming fable is set in a future where the earth has been paved save for one tiny green patch. Ito, a child with enormous ears, is the only one who can speak with and understand the "sound of the ground" (performed live as music) as this environmental comedy unfolds. At Leeward Community College for ages 7 and up. Performances: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 8, 15 and 22. Sign-interpreted: 4:30 p.m. March 15.

>> "The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi" -- Rudyard Kipling's tale is reworked, set on an island like Hawaii. Naive young mongoose Rikki Tikki Tavi finds himself in a garden ruled over by Darzee, a selfish, obnoxious bird. Once Darzee learns that a mongoose can kill a snake, she wants Rikki to get rid of her nemesis, Nag the cobra. Rikki simply convinces Nag to leave, offering a lesson in friendship and teamwork. Performances at McCoy Pavilion, Ala Moana Park, for ages 5 and up. Performances: 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Apr. 26, May 3, 10 and 17. Sign-interpreted: 6:30 p.m. May 10

>> "Hawai'i Tales for Young People" -- With the Hawai'i State Library Foundation and Read to Me International, HTY is developing interactive tales based on stories by Kimo Armitage, that blend traditional storytelling with dramatic technique. The stories are all about friendship, and include "Limu the Blue Turtle," "Manuli'i & the Colorful Cape" and "Kukahi's Mirror Ball." At McCoy Pavilion for ages 3 and up. Performances: 10:30 and 11:30 Apr. 26, May 3 and 10; sign-interpreted 11:30 a.m. May 3.

Kennedy Theatre

Performances at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1770 East-West Road. Performances take place 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets $12 regular; $10 for seniors, military and UH faculty and staff; $8 for non-UHM students; and $4 for UHM students with valid ID, unless otherwise noted. Call the box office at 956-7655 or visit Web site:

>> "The Boy Who Stole the Stars" -- Fantasy and reality blend together in Julian Wiles exciting play about discovering the mysteries of the nighttime sky and the meaning of friendship. Share the adventures and challenges of a young local boy who enlists the aid of his dying grandfather to "count the stars" as his summer science project. Opening night audiences will enjoy a stargazing party on the Kennedy Theatre lawn. Performances: Sept. 20, 21, 28 and 29. Tickets $10 regular; $9 for seniors, military and UH faculty and staff; $7 for non-UHM students; and $4 for UHM students with valid ID.

>> "Lysistrata" -- The source may be Greek, but the result will be anything but! Sex, war and politics are at their funniest in this very modern and very risqué treatment of Aristophanes' timeless story about women finding a way to stand up for themselves in a world dominated by men. This production will contain explicit sexual references. Directed by Glenn Cannon. Performances: Oct. 25-26, 31 and Nov. 1-3.

>> "Kyôgen: Laughter for All Time" -- "Kyôgen" is Japan's classical comic theater, a tradition as popular today as it was 600 years ago. Three situational comedies offer holiday cheer: conniving servants are desperate to get into their master's sake supply; a mountain priest plays a trick on an unwitting servant; and a put-upon husband figures out a way to get back at hisdemanding wife and mother-in-law! Master artists from Japan will be in residence to train UH students for this project directed by Julie A. Iezzi, a recent addition to the Asian Theatre faculty, specializing in Japanese theater. Performances: Dec. 6-7 and 12-15.

>> "Dance Korea! A Celebration of Korean Immigration" -- This collaboration between dance students from Hawaii and from Korea celebrates the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to Hawaii. The concert includes performances by UH students choreographed by Korea's Jeong Ho Nam, with cutting-edge work representative of Korea's contemporary dance scene. Performances: Feb. 14-16 and 21-23.

>> "The Robbers" -- 18th-century German writer Friedrich Schiller had a profound effect on the arts of his time. His poem "Ode to Joy" formed the climax of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Verdi later based four of his operas on Schiller's plays. "The Robbers," Schiller's first play, tells the dark story of a family destroyed by two brothers driven to extremes. This will be the Kennedy Theatre directorial debut for Markus Wessendorf, a new member of the Western Theatre faculty. His area of interest is avant-garde and experimental theater. Performances: April 25-26 and May 1-4.

Kumu Kahua Theater

Performances at 46 Merchant St. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Prime-time tickets are $16 general, $13 for seniors and $10 for students. Call 536-4441, e-mail or visit Web site

>> "Aloha Las Vegas" -- Wally Fukuda, a retired baker is still recovering from his wife's death. His friend Harry, visiting from Las Vegas, tries to persuade him to sell his Liliha house, make the move, and enjoy a new life. Wally warms to the idea but when he seeks approval from his married son and unmarried daughter, he's faced with opposition. This play by Edward Sakamoto broke Kumu Kahua box office records when originally staged in 1992. Performances: Through Sept. 29.

>> "The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu" -- The most powerful political figure to emerge in Hawai'i after the death in 1819 of Kamehameha the Great was his wife, Ka'ahumanu. She persuaded the new king Liholiho to abolish the kapu and forbid worship of the gods. A few years later, she converted to Christianity and encouraged her people to follow suit. Playwright Victoria Kneubuhl explores the circumstances surrounding the queen's decisions and focuses on the relationship between the imperious queen, and the missionary wives Sybil Bingham and Lucy Thurston. This production toured American Samoa; Edinburgh; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles. Performances: Nov. 7-Dec. 8.

>> "Christmas Talk Story" -- See Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

>> "A Little Bit Like You" -- In a comic ghost story by Darrell H.Y. Lum that could only happen in Hawaii, a Japanese-Chinese family deals with the realities of being "hapa" (of mixed blood) through four generations. Performances: Jan. 9-Feb. 9.

>> "Heads By Harry" -- Adapted from Lois-Ann Yamanaka's novel by John Wat and Keith Kashiwada, this is the story of the Yaguu family, who run a taxidermy shop in Hilo. 'I'oni, the middle child, is at odds with her family and neighbors including her budding diva of a little sister, a flamboyant older brother who wants to be a hairdresser, a stubborn father who refuses to accept her into the family business, and the Santos brothers, two pig-hunting ex-high-school football players. A compassionate and harshly hilarious tale. Performances: March 13-April 13.

>> "King Kalakaua's Poker Game" -- The king loves to play poker. So does visiting American actor Edwin Booth. In the Royal Boathouse, the King's favorite poker room, they are joined by the king's young advisor, a young woman from Kauai disguised as a man, a German count, an Italian courtier, a Chinese picture bride, and Queen Kapi'olani. The action involves high-stakes gambling, two romances, international intrigue, a duel, and lots of laughs. Playwright Alan Sutterfield adopts the conventions of English drawing-room comedies and transposes them to 1882 Hawaii, sprinkling his fictional tale with references to historical events. It won the 2000 Kumu Kahua Theatre/UHM Theatre Department Playwriting Contest, Hawai'i Division. Performances: May 15-June 15.

Leeward Community College

Performances at the LCC Theatre, 96-045 Ala Ike St., Pearl City. Call 455-0629.

>> "The Three Musketeers" -- Alexandre Dumas' swashbuckling adventure comes to stage complete with dagger and sword action, and a cast of more than 60. Performances: Nov. 8-16.

Manoa Valley Theatre

Performances at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1770 East-West Road. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25 for plays and $30 for musicals. Call 988-6131.

>> "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" -- This musical showcase traces Patsy Cline's footsteps from her early days singing in honky-tonks and on the radio, her rise to fame at the Grand Ole Opry, and her triumphs in Las Vegas and Carnegie Hall, featuring music from her tragically short career. With 21 of Cline's greatest hits including "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You" and "Sweet Dreams." Zenia Zambrano plays the country music star, a part requiring approval of the Patsy Cline Estate. Performances: Through Sept. 22.

>> "HONK!" -- Hans Christian Andersen's inspirational fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling" makes for a surprisingly sophisticated comedy that will charm theatergoers of all ages. As 'Ugly' is hatched under the adoring gaze of his proud mum, Ida, his musical adventures begin. There's a cast of ducks, geese, turkeys, bullfrogs and an indefatigable cat ... and just enough innuendo and nuance to keep the adults as delighted as their kids. Winner of the 1999 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Performances: Oct. 30-Nov. 17.

>> "Visiting Mr. Green" -- Ross Gardiner, a young executive, is speeding through Manhattan when he almost hits the tottering Mr. Green. For his reckless driving, Gardiner is sentenced to spend one evening a week in community service helping Mr. Green, an 86-year old Jewish widower who wants none of it. What begins as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together grows into a moving drama about friendship and hope. Performances: Jan. 8-26.

>> "Beehive" -- Five women, a six-piece band, 50 outrageous costumes and wigs and 15 cans of hairspray a week add up to "Beehive," a high-energy musical revue tracing the coming of age of women's music through 37 hits of the girl groups and solo singers of the '60s. The Chiffons, The Supremes, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin are some of the stars portrayed singing such tunes as "My Boyfriend's Back," "One Fine Day," "Where the Boys Are," "Downtown," "Proud Mary," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Respect." Performances: March 5-23.

>> "Proof" -- Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Proof" is David Auburn's smart and compassionate play of ideas. A troubled young woman has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister, and the attentions of a former student of her father's. Elements of mystery and surprise combine with old-fashioned storytelling for a compelling evening of theater. Performances: May 14-June 1.

>> "The Laramie Project" -- In October 1998, Matthew Shepard was found savagely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in Laramie, Wyo. -- a place that bills itself as "America's home town." He was the victim of this assault because he was gay. His death spurred a painful self-examination for the people in this small town, who found themselves suddenly in the national spotlight as they grappled with their values and identity. Performances: July 16-Aug. 3.

Paliku Theatre

Performances are at Windward Community College, 45-720 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe. Call 235-7330.

>> "Fiddler on the Roof" -- In a Jewish village in Russia, Tevye, a dairyman with five daughters, who wants to preserve his family's tradition in the face of a changing world. The musical was one of the longest-running shows on Broadway and created one of theater's most endearing leading characters. Performances: Nov. 21-Dec. 15. Auditions: 6:30 to 9 p.m. today. Call the number above for details.

The Actors Group

Performances are at The Yellow Brick Studio, 625 Keawe St., except where noted. Show times are 7:30 p.m., opening Wednesdays and continuing Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets are $10 per person. Call 591-7999.

>> "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" -- Currently the longest running comedy in London's West End, the L.A. Herald Examiner describes it as "Shakespeare written by Monty Python and performed by the Marx Brothers at the speed of The Minute Waltz." Directed by University of Hawaii sophomore Devon Leigh. Performances: Sept. 18-Oct. 13.

>> "K-2" -- This is a gripping drama of trapped mountain climbers; directed by Dennis Proulx at Windward Community College Theatre. Performances: Oct. 30-Nov. 24.

>> "A Need for Brussels Sprouts" and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You" -- A double-header of two rib-tickling one-act plays plumbs a pair of modern life's mysteries: Catholic school nuns and those acrid little green cabbages some people seem to love. Performances: Nov. 13-Dec. 8.

>> "Art" -- When is a painting a valuable piece of art? When is it a worthless piece of trash masquerading as a masterpiece? Three friends ponder this proposition with each one reaching divergent, thought-provoking conclusions. Directed by Dave Donnelly. Performances: Feb. 5-March 2.

>> "The Weir" -- In a bar in rural Ireland, local men swap spooky stories in an attempt to impress a young woman from Dublin who recently moved into a nearby "haunted" house. She, however, turns the tables by spinning a yarn of her own. Also directed by Dave Donnelly. Performances: April 16-May 11.

>> "On Golden Pond" -- Ethel and Norman Thayer return to their summer home for the 45th year and are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for. Performances: June 25-July 20.

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