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Arts After Hours presents a new take on ‘Nunsense’

Glass works (top) by Peter Zimmerman and Laura Doran photos (above) are on display in Lowell.
Glass works (top) by Peter Zimmerman and Laura Doran photos (above) are on display in Lowell.Credit:

 HABITS WITH A TWIST: Arts After Hours  in Lynn presents “Nunsense A-Men” at the Rantoul Black Box Theatre in Lynn from next Sunday to March 23. 

The musical follows the same script as the original production of “Nunsense,” but with an all-male cast.

And, Arts After Hours is again reaching out to members of the community and involving them.

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“For this show, we’ll be incorporating local clergy into the opening of the production,” said Corey Jackson, managing director of Arts After Hours. “It will be fun, respectful, and give the show a nice Lynner touch.”

“Nunsense A-Men” is directed by Kevin Cirone, with choreography by Nicole Spirito, and musical direction by Mario Cruz

It is produced by Jackson, Jane Kelley, Mike Crounse, and Dave Solimine Jr. 

“The production will feature a live band, props that will bring back Catholic school memories, full habits, and a variety show surprise or two from the sisters,” Jackson said.

He added that the show’s content is considered PG. 

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. There are additional matinees at 4 p.m. the last two Saturdays of the run, March 16 and March 23. 

Tickets are $30 for a table seat, $25 for premium row seating, and $20 for regular row seating.

The theater is located at LynnArts, 25 Exchange St., Lynn.

Call 781-205-4010 or visit artsafterhours.com or lynnarts.org.

BREWING ON STAGE: Stoneham Theatre  showcases a new play, “Distant Music,” Thursday through March

10. 

“ ‘Distant Music’ was an easy choice for us,” said Weylin Symes,  the theater’s producing artistic director and director of the show. “It’s by a local playwright, takes place in Cambridge, and is full of local flavor.”

The play, written by James McLindon, tells the story of an Irish barkeeper and two patrons — a devout Catholic and a Harvard professor — who spend a snowy evening in a Cambridge pub.

“I couldn’t resist the humor and humanity of the relationships among these three unique characters,” said Symes.

“I love plays which focus on friendship. I cared about these people, and I knew our audiences would too.”

The show features Stoneham Theatre alums Michael Ryan Buckley, Thomas Kee, and Sarah Newhouse.  

Performances are 7:30 p.m Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays.

There will be a discussion with the playwright after the 2 p.m. show next Sunday.

Opening night on Thursday is pay what you can.

For all other shows, tickets are $48 for premium orchestra seating; $44 for standard orchestra; $42 and $40 for senior citizens.

Call 781-279-2200 or visit www.stonehamtheatre.org for more information. 

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Laurie Collins  signs copies of her new children’s picture book, “The Pajamas of My Dreams,” at Jabberwocky Bookshop  in Newburyport 3 to 5 p.m. next Sunday. The book was inspired by the pajama drives at the children’s service agency Cradles to Crayons.  The story has children tucked in their beds wondering what they will be when they grow up. It also includes the gentle reminder that not all children go off to bed feeling safe and warm. Collins, of Byfield, is the children’s librarian at the Ipswich Public Library, and previously worked at the Newbury Town Library for 12 years. The book features cut-paper collage illustrations by artist Margie Florini  of Danvers. Children are invited to wear pajamas to the book-signing and bring pajamas to donate.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Masters II,” an exhibition of modern art quilts from around the world, is at the New England Quilt Museum  in Lowell through April 13. The quilts were created by 36 artists based in 14 countries on three continents. A companion book featuring several works by each of the artists represented in the touring exhibition is available in the museum store. . . . “Restructuring Tradition,” an exhibition of photographs by Laura Doran  and blown-glass forms by Peter Zimmerman, is at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell through March 31. Doran digitally alters photographs of family heirlooms such as crystal, glass, and china. Her series began as a private exploration of memory. Zimmerman offers a series of new glass vessels, rich with color and pattern. An opening reception with the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

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