Black Curtain Theatre: Making God Laugh
By Sean Grennan

September 10 & 11, 2022 
As Woody Allen famously quipped, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”. Such is the inspiration for the comedy Making God Laugh that follows a family over thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children – a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player – all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The “empty nest” parents contend with their own changes too, as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out, causing ancient tensions to flare. Over three decades of celebrations – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter – we see how, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.

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Music: Shayna Steele
NYC Vocal Powerhouse
September 24, 2022 7:30pm  
With a voice that the London Jazz News says "unleashes enough voltage to light up the West End", Shayna Steele is a vocal force to be reckoned with. After spending 8 years as a Broadway ensemble member in shows such as Rent and Hairspray and 6 years as a background vocalist supporting varied artists like Bette Midler, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Moby and Steely Dan, Shayna stepped out on her own in 2015. Now with the release of three critically acclaimed albums, Shayna tours the world showcasing her supremely soulful energy and knockout vocals as she performs originals, R&B favorites, and jazz and blues standards. Shayna will be backed by a five-piece band for this stupendous night of music straight from NYC!

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Musical Theatre: Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 A Bloody Good Time!
October 21-23 and 27-30, 2022 Th-Sat shows at 7:30pm, Oct 23 Sun show at 4:00pm, Oct 30 Sun show at 7:30pm 
Sweeney Todd has captivated audiences around the world with its murderous melodies and a haunting tale of love, revenge and hilarious mayhem. Considered to be one of the greatest scores in Broadway history, this eight-time Tony Award-winning musical with lyrics and score by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, tells the story of masterful barber Sweeney Todd as he returns to London to take his revenge against the corrupt judge who destroyed his life. In his vigilante quest, he meets the cheerfully amoral pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett, who soon becomes an accomplice in his deadly schemes. Together, they sing their way through murder and mischief to the top of the food chain in this morbidly funny musical thriller that promises to be a tasty, thrilling and theatrical treat!

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Music: WÖR

 Folk With A Belgian Attitude
November 10, 2022 7:30pm  
Back to the 1780's! If it sounded good back then, why not today? Almost 300 years ago, some musicians from around Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent and Leuven decided to write down their favorite music. As time passed, however, the paper turned yellow, the ink began to fade, and the music itself was left to gather dust along with the faded manuscripts. That is, until now! With their finely textured arrangements, WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century melodies from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on the melodies in these manuscripts. All members are astonishing musicians, coaxing fantastic sounds from their saxophones, violin, bagpipes, accordion and guitar. Get ready to be surprised!

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Black Curtain Theatre: Church and State
By Jason Odell Williams
No Senators Were Harmed In the Making of this Play
November 19 & 20, 2022 
Three days before his bid for re-election – and in the wake of another school shooting - U.S. Senator Charles Whitmore has a life-altering crisis of faith, triggering an off-the-cuff comment to a Twitter-savvy blogger that sends his entire campaign into a tailspin. The Senator's devout wife and liberal campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage, but in a country where religion influences politics and politics have become a religion, how do you reach the people and stay true to yourself? A timely and fast-paced story that was nominated for Best New Play in 2017, Church and State is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

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Theatre: Little Women
By Kate Hamill based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott

December 8-11 and 16-18, 2022 Th-Sat shows at 7:30pm, Sun shows at 4:00pm
In Kate Hamill’s sparkling adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women, Jo March is not your typical Victorian lady. She is ambitious, rough around the edges, headstrong, and yearns for the day when she will be a great American novelist. As the nation is torn apart by civil war, Jo and her sisters struggle with what it means to grow up, as each sister must negotiate her private ambitions with society’s expectations of gender and class. Written with a contemporary flair and called “ingenious, saucy, & spunky” by The New York Times, Jo March gives us her greatest story: the March sisters, four dreamers destined to be imperfect little women.

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Black Curtain Theatre: Collected Stories
By Donald Margulies
 A Dangerous Dance with Friendship and Betrayal
January 21 & 22, 2023 
In Collected Stories, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, grad student Lisa Morrison is thrilled to be under the tutelage of her literary idol, Ruth Steiner. Over the years, Lisa becomes Ruth’s personal assistant and gradually her friend, as Ruth helps her hone her writing abilities. But as Lisa’s career begins to flourish and Ruth’s begins to fade, can the tenuous relationship between mentor and mentee survive ambition, rivalry, and eventual betrayal? Collected Stories explores the complicated relationship between two independent women as they struggle to define what, if anything, is off-limits in art.

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Music: Seffarine
: Mediterranean Music of Morocco, Spain and Beyond
February 3, 2023 7:30pm
The sounds that stir the dry winds of Southern Spain and Morocco, two countries separated by only a whisper of the Mediterranean, are the musical DNA of the beautifully complex music of Seffarine. The musicians of Seffarine, soulful singer Lamiae Naki who sings in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and French and musician Nat Hulskamp who plays the flamenco guitar and oud, are joined by a diverse ensemble. Acclaimed bassist Damian Erskine brings a soulful groove, Persian master percussionist Bobak Salehi keeps the rhythm strong, and Manuel Gutierrez wows with explosive flamenco dance footwork. The result is a lively and enriching musical journey throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East. Get your passport ready!

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The Velveteen Rabbit By Elise Kauzlaric based on the book by Margery Williams
and Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad)(Who Messed Them Up) By Ed Monk
Double Feature Theatre!
February 23-26 and March 3-5, 2023 Th-Sat shows at 7:30pm, Sun shows at 4:00pm (Feb 23 = PREVIEW) 
Two family friendly plays shown together! Adapted from the classic 1922 book by Margery Williams, we begin with The Velveteen Rabbit, a heartwarming story about the transformative power of love. One Christmas morning, a shy stuffed bunny enters the world of a young boy’s nursery. Initially ignored in favor of more modern toys, she waits patiently to be noticed, wondering if she will ever be loved like the others. When the wise old Skin Horse reveals the majesty and mystery of what it means to become Real, the Velveteen Rabbit begins an odyssey of the heart to make a lasting connection with her boy that will endure for always.

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Music: Accent
Tagline: 6 Guys. 5 Countries. 1 Vocal Supergroup!
March 9, 2023 7:30pm
In the increasingly popular world of a cappella singing groups, Accent has carved out its own niche. Inspired by the wizardly jazz harmonies of TAKE 6 and The Hi-Lo’s, the six men of Accent, all of them accomplished arrangers and instrumentalists in their own right, decided to take their love of close-harmony jazz singing – the denser and more intricate the better – as far as it could go. The improbable meeting of Jean-Baptiste Craipeau (France), Simon Åkesson (Sweden), Danny Fong (Canada), Andrew Kesler (Canada), James Rose (United Kingdom), and Evan Sanders (USA) began in 2011 after becoming long-distance fans of each other’s multi-tracked videos on YouTube. Since then, they have released four albums, performed at the London A Cappella Festival, and played dates across Europe, North America and Asia.

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Cabaret Theatre: Evelyn In Purgatory
By Topher Payne
Tagline: The Breakfast Club for teachers!
April 6-8 and 12-15, 2023 W-Sat shows at 7:30pm (April 6 = PREVIEW) 
When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they are sent to a Reassignment Center, an empty office in the Department of Education Building. They must wait for their case to be reviewed, usually for months. Sometimes for over a year. A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom. Over the course of the school year, these colleagues learn French, workshop a screenplay, and ultimately form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. A poignant and funny drama, Evelyn In Purgatory is “an uncommonly smart and restrained commentary on the public education system.”

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Music: The Black Market Trust
 Gypsy Jazz meets the Great American Songbook
April 22, 2023 7:30pm
Hailing from Los Angeles, The Black Market Trust are a charismatic pop/vocal jazz band who combine the sounds of legendary American crooners and vocal groups with the fire and energy of Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world-class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust features material from the Great American Songbook – ranging from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to the Beatles – and infuses it with Django’s romantic and virtuosic flavor. Add some intricate vocal harmonies and a dash of Rat Pack-style comedy, it’s clear to audiences why The Black Market Trust have quickly earned a reputation as one of the premier live acts performing in music today. Don’t miss this fantastic night of music that melds the old world sounds of a gypsy campfire with new world vibes of a slick metropolitan nightclub!

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Black Curtain Theatre: The Harry and Sam Dialogues
By Karen Ellison
 Life Beyond Beer and Ding Dongs
May 6 & 7, 2023 
Meet Harry and Sam: two blue-collar friends who like to pass the time posing outlandish questions to one another. Why is life like a Ding Dong? Where do sandwiches come from? Why is reincarnation named after a flower? And, of course, if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Their dialogue initially sounds like a Monty Python skit, but soon deepens as the men use what they can from their own lives to make sense of what everything means. How are men and women different? How well do people really know each other? Is there life after death? As time passes, the questions, once shrouded in indifference, reveal the men’s characters, eventually exposing a truth that changes their friendship forever. A clever comedy about life and big questions.

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Theatre: Suite Surrender
By Michael McKeever
Tagline: One hotel. Two divas. Countless laughs!
June 1-4 and 8-10, 2023 Th-Sat shows at 7:30pm, Sun show at 4:00pm (June 1 = PREVIEW) 
It's 1942 and two of Hollywood's biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel to perform at a USO benefit. Complication number one: the two ladies have a legendary ongoing feud that turns violent if they come near each other. Complication number two: the performers both wind up booked into the same Presidential Suite! Throw in a beleaguered general manager trying to keep the peace, two easily confused bellhops, a nose-rubbing society matron, and a gossip columnist looking for dirt, this play of mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles is a hilarious, laugh-out-loud romp. A true love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s!

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