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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 PAGE 5 Grand Concourse. Theatre Openings There is Plenty to See Another round of theatre pro- heart, GRAND CONCOURSE ductions is coming up and there explores the mysteries of faith, is no shortage of productions to forgiveness, and compassion. fill out your calendars. The cast includes Ally Daw- The SpeakEasy Stage will be son, Thomas Derrah, Melinda kicking things off with Grand Lopez, and Alejandro Simoes. Concourse, which will run from From March 10th, though April March 5th to April 1St, at the 7th the Huntington Theatre Calderwood Pavilion located in Company will be presenting Boston's South End. Top Dog~Underdog at the BU GRAND CONCOURSE tells Theater on Huntington Avenue the story of Shelley, a Catholic in Boston. nun and former high school TOPDOG/UNDERDOG is a basketball star, who now strug- darkly comic, deeply theatri- gles to find meaning in her work cai fable about family wounds as the manager of a Bronx soup and healing bonds. Lincoln kitchen. With the help of Oscar, and Booth are brothers, best a former Dominican dentist friends, and bitter rivals. Lin- now making a living as a secu- coin, a former 3-card monte rity guard, Shelley tends to her hustler, works as a Lincoln flock, a colorful crew that in- impersonator in a shooting cludes Frog, a homeless former gallery; Booth is an aspiring intellectual who now passes grifter. He tempts his brother time writing joke books. The ar- to get back in the game, but the rival of Emma, a college dropout consequences could be deadly. looking for a sense of purpose, Suzan-Lori Parks made his- is at first a welcome addition to tory as the first African-Amer- the team, but the girl's erratic ican woman to win a Pulitzer behavior soon takes its toll. Prize for Drama in 2002 with With gentle humor and great Topdog/Underdog. Addition- 1 Old North Church's Donation Pew Box is Open CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE HELP 5OMEBODY THAT I~ ~OMELE~ TODAY The Old North Church's donation pew box is open again! The recipi- ents of your generous donations will be the homeless guests of the Boston Warm Day Center at Emmanuel Church on Newbury Street. The Day Center is open Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 am-l:00 pm and offers a safe and secure area for the homeless to rest and get warm, a caring staff, and nourishment for all. We can only accept these listed items: Adult sized gently used or new coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and gloves New socks Personal health products: like hand wipes, toothpaste and tooth- brushes, shaving cream and razors, mini bottles of shampoo, and soap. Items can be dropped off in our donation pew box in the back of the church. The church is open from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm everyday. The Old North Church is located at 193 Salem Street, North End, Boston. For more information, please call 617-858-8231, or visit ally, she is named among Time magazine's ~ 100 Innovators for the Next Wave," and is also the recipient of two Obie Awards and a MaeArthur ~Genius" Grant. Over at the Lyric Stage on Clarendon Street in Boston you will be able to see Stage Kiss running from February 24th through March 264. Life imitates art. Art imitates life -- and love. In Stage Kiss, two squabbling long-lost loves are cast as long-lost lovers, and quickly lose touch with reality in this comic, romantic, and revealing play-within-a-play. Playwright Sarah Ruhl and Di- rector Courtney O'Connor (Red Hot Patriot, Buyer & Cellar} take us on-stage, back-stage, and right out the stage door in this charming tale about what hap- pens when lovers share a stage kiss and when actors share a real one. Cloud 9 Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 run at the Hartford Stage from February 23rd through March 19th in, where else? Hartford, CT. The world of Cloud 9 con- tains unexpected trysts, gender swaps, role reversals, and pow- er plays. Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression as the play follows a British family from colonial Africa to London in the 1970s. The tan- talizing comedy explores the ever-changing world of sexual politics as it asks what it takes for each of us to reach our own cloud 9. Cloud 9 was Caryl Churchill's first international hit. The play- wright's other works include Top Girls, Mad Forest, Love and Information, A Number and Serious Money. The Guardian recently wrote that Churchill "now shares with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain's most signifi- cant living dramatist." There is plenty to see, many fine theatre companies produc- ing works, and so much great talent performing. The weather is getting better and there is no better way to spend an after- noon or evening than enjoying a play. The folks at all of these theatres work hard to give us all first-class productions and they rarely fail. We are lucky to have so many theatre com- panies nearby. Take in a show or two, or three. You won't be disappointed. Mar Bricco Seafood, Crudo & Oyster Bar Boutique Italian Cuisine OOO O00 Mare Place 241 Hanover St, 617.248.6800 223 Hanover St. 617.723.MARE Trattoria II Panino Quattro Boston's Ist Grille. 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