2018-02-07 / Arts and Entertainment


Curtain Call presents‘Love Letters’

WARDSBORO — Wardsboro Curtain Call, Inc. will present “Love Letters” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Wardsboro Town Hall.

“Love Letters” is a play by A. R. Gurney that centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, two childhood friends from families of means whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. For the next 50 years, through personal triumphs and despair, through wars and marriages and children and careers, they discuss - via letters - their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout separated lives. The play will be presented in the traditional manner — very simply, with two actors reading from the script, as if from letters.

This “adult date night” event is produced by Wardsboro Curtain Call, Inc. as an early celebration of Valentine’s Day. Admission is by donation. The hall will be set up in café style, BYOB, with sweet refreshments available. If the event must be canceled due to severe weather, the reschedule date will be 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

Rock River Players present Valentine’s cabaret

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Rock River Players will present “Love Me! a Valentine’s Cabaret,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the South Newfane Schoolhouse on Dover Road in South Newfane. The RRP’s second annual cabaret features RRP known to area audiences from past productions: Sara Vitale, Stewart McDermet, Bill Lincoln, Annie Landenberger, T. Breeze Verdant, David Roberts, and Tino Benson, and several newcomers: Rosalind Fritz, Mike and Miriam Kelly, Don Tretler Alina Abraham, Kane Vitale, Louie Vitale, and Louie Vitale, Jr.

Admission is $10 and includes sweet and savory treats. BYOB. For reservations, text (802) 451-6283, call (802) 348-7156, Ext. 2, or write to verbatimvt@gmail.com.

Grammy winner to perform in Candlelight concert

BELLOWS FALLS — Composer and pianist Paul Sullivan will perform a Stone Church by Candlelight concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at Immanuel Episcopal Church. As a soloist, with his trio, and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, he has played concert tours in most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica, and Japan. His 13 CDs have won three Indie Awards. He received a Grammy Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, Silver Solstice.

Advance tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and $45 for premium, reserved seats. At the door, prices increase by $5. Information and advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers, or by calling (802) 460-0110 or online at www.stonechurcharts.org.

National Theatre Live Brings ‘Young Marx’

MANCHESTER — National Theatre Live, the best of British theatre broadcast to cinemas around the world, comes to Burr and Burton Academy’s Riley Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) will offer the screening of “Young Marx.” It's 1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke and restless, the 32-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy. Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the town than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at bbatickets.com.

Dance Party features SNL’s Christine Ohlman

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project is thrilled to bring Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez back to Putney by rousing popular demand for an all-out rock n’ soul concert/dance party, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.

Known as “The Beehive Queen” for her outrageous, mile-high hairdo, Ohlman is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band.

The party will feature the expanded and improved Next Stage dance floor and lighting, part of major recent renovations. Tickets are $18 in advance, general admission, $20 at the door, available online at: www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro, or the Putney Coop. For more information, contact Next Stage Arts at (802) 387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com.

RAMPArts presents ‘Angels,” ‘Michaelangelo’

BELLOWS FALLS — RAMParts Presents, in partnership with National Theatre Live, Bolshoi Ballet and Exhibition on Screen will bring art, theatre and dance to the big screen, January through June 2018.

Due to the length of “Angels in America Part II: Perestroika,” the broadcast will be shown on two consecutive Sundays, Feb. 11 and Feb. 18. This National Theatre Live broadcast focuses on how lives and times are being restructured in light of the AIDS pandemic. The live production staged in July 2017, from London’s National Theatre, stars Nathan Lane (The Producers), Andrew Garfield (Spiderman, Hacksaw Ridge), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Denise Gough, 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actress (People, Places and Things). Doors open at 12:30 p.m. One $20 ticket to both screenings is available.

On Thursday, Feb. 15, Exhibition on Screen brings “Michelangelo: Love and Death,” a cinematic journey through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican, to the print and drawing rooms of Europe, to explore Michelangelo's 89 years of “Renaissance genius.” Comment by curators, historians and artists.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets are $10 each, online at www.rampartstickets.com, or cash/credit at the door. Contact Susan MacNeil at (603) 313-0052 or email susan@svidol.com for more information.

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