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Cabaret in Lynn

By Wendy Killeen
October 16, 2011

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CABARET IN LYNN: After five years in Pennsylvania, cabaret singer Jan Peters has returned to the area and is performing on Friday at Arts After Hours at LynnArts in Lynn.

Peters, named Best Cabaret Act 2005 by The Improper Bostonian magazine, draws from an extensive repertoire of popular Broadway and standard songs, as well as material from promising new songwriters.

She has performed at many Boston venues including Scullers Jazz Club, Club Cafe, and The Lyric Stage. She also performs throughout the country accompanied by ensembles ranging from intimate jazz groups to large swing orchestras.

On Friday, she performs “It’s a (North) Shore Thing’’ with the Tom LaMark Trio.

Performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for cabaret seating; $25 for general seating. Call 781-205-4010 or visit www.artsafterhours.com.

AUSTEN ANNIVERSARY: In two years, fans of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice’’ will celebrate the book’s 200th anniversary. But the Gordon College theater department is beginning the festivities now with its fall production of Joanna Norland’s new play, “Lizzie, Darcy and Jane,’’ opening Friday.

It is the United States premiere of the play.

“With so many great women’s roles and such rich language, we decided this would be a great opportunity for our students and our community to be the first to tell this story on an American stage,’’ said Jeffrey S. Miller, professor of theater arts and director, of the play.

Miller discovered the play a few years ago on a trip to England and was intrigued at how the playwright integrated events from Jane Austen’s life into interesting characters.

In “Lizzie, Darcy and Jane,’’ Norland speculates about the story behind Austen’s writing of “Pride and Prejudice,’’ including her family circumstances, her poverty, and even how a broken engagement sent her into such despair that she stopped writing.

The show stars Bekah Jordan, Kelsie Davidson, and Chris Preyer. Other cast members include David Alvarado, Olivia King, Sarah Hand, and Chole Eaton.

Christine Alger is costume designer; Amber Primm is set designer and production manager. Carissa Gerber is the scenic and props artisan and Russ Swift is lighting designer.

The show runs at Gordon College in Wenham next Friday and Saturday evening and Oct. 25 through Oct. 29, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m.; there are also Saturday matinees at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday evenings are $10; $8 for students, senior citizens, and Gordon faculty/staff.

Tickets for Tuesday through Thursday shows and Saturday matinees are $7; $5. Visit www.gordon.edu.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Tomie dePaola, who has written and illustrated nearly 250 children’s books over the past 40 years, signs books at two locations Saturday: 1 p.m. at The Andover Bookstore and 4 p.m. at The Book Rack in Newburyport. His latest book is “Strega Nona’s Gift.’’ He has been recognized with many awards, including the 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.’’ He lives in New London, N.H.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: A retrospective exhibit of the work of Beverly Brody Barisano is at the Clocktower Gallery in Winthrop through Oct. 28. A reception will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Barisano is a retired art teacher and founder of the Winthrop Art Association. The exhibit includes a variety of mediums and pieces from the late 1950s to the present. . . .

“Autumn Colors,’’ an exhibit of the work of Tony Cerra, is at Bridge Gallery in Newburyport through Oct. 31. Working primarily in oils and on site, Cerra paints landscapes that display a complexity of light and shadows. . . .

“The Last Picture Show: New Work by Robert English’’ is on display at Post Road Framers in Rowley through Oct. 29. English, who died in July, continued to paint up to six hours each day until his final weeks. The Ipswich resident was known for his quirky, playful, and imaginative mixed-media paintings, often using found, unconventional materials.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail.com.