Leisure, pre-pandemic, not exists. As an alternative, at this time’s productions and live shows are principally digital, with live-stream, video and YouTube choices the brand new regular for now.
On that word, a number of noteworthy choices loom on the horizon within the subsequent week or two.
Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theatre joins theaters throughout the nation in presenting Cheryl L. West’s electrifying “Fannie Lou Hamer: Communicate on It!,” a brand new play with music concerning the civil-rights icon and voting-rights chief who famously mentioned, “I’m sick and bored with being sick and drained.”
MRT Inventive Director Courtney Sale and Government Director Bonnie Butkas introduced that the digital occasion will kick off with a efficiency Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., and proceed by means of Sunday, Oct. 25, on demand.
Initially, MRT hoped to current the work stay outside, in entrance of the theater. Nonetheless, the spike in coronavirus circumstances in Lowell necessitated the transfer to video solely.
Yewande Odetoyinbo will painting Fannie, and Andres Amitai Wilson will accompany her on guitar and function music director. Malika Oyetimein will direct.
Hamer, the daughter of a sharecropper and youngest of 20 siblings, grew to become a political activist in 1962 on the age of 44, when she discovered for the primary time that Black folks had the appropriate to vote. Her pleasure at that discovery was lower quick when she was subjected to ballot taxes, literacy exams and harassment when she tried to register to vote.
“We’re honored to deliver Fannie’s phrases to life in our first act of gathering as a group since February,” mentioned Sale. “Cheryl’s play permits us to rejoice this unimaginable lady who was devoted to getting folks to the polls. On the eve of this historic election, I can consider no higher galvanizer.”
The performances is free, however an RSVP is required at www.mrt.org/fannie. The present lasts 45 minutes.
In a lighter vein, Ogunquit Playhouse in coastal Maine presents a digital profit studying of “A Very Brady Musical” on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.
In a cheeky fashionable spin on the healthful basic TV present, the brand new musical follows the Brady youngsters’ misadventures once they come to the mistaken conclusion that their dad and mom are heading for divorce. After consulting with trusty Alice, the children resolve to lift cash to pay for marriage counseling. All of it finally ends up fantastic, after all, in a wise 90 minutes.
Tickets for the digital profit can be found for a donation of $20 or extra. Donations of $100 or extra provides you VIP entry to the studying and to a vigorous, nostalgic, post-show, 30-minute celebration on Zoom with unique forged members of “The Brady Bunch” Barry Williams (Greg) and Christopher Knight (Peter).
A forged of Broadway regulars performs the studying. It’s advisable for ages 13 and up resulting from grownup themes and humor.
Tickets can be found at https://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/a-very-brady-musical.
And Littleton’s Indian Hill Music presents a live-stream efficiency by harpist- songwriter Maeve Gilchrist on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. The efficiency in IHM’s Blackman Corridor options Gilchrist performing songs from her Oct. 9 CD launch “The Harpweaver.” Tickets begin at $10 and can be found at https://indianhillmusic.org/performances/live-from-indian-hill/maeve-gilchrist.
For different live-stream and video solutions, go to your favourite efficiency venue’s web site. Likelihood are they’ve one thing occurring or within the works.
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NEARY DIRECTS CLAPP: Jack Neary, the Lowell-born-and-bred playwright/actor/director, has been conserving busy in the course of the pandemic. He’ll be directing Gorden Clapp in Northern Stage’s streamed manufacturing of Chekhov’s “On the Dangerous Results of Tobacco,” Nov. 12-29. Clapp, after all, starred in Neary’s “Trick or Deal with,” which performed off-Broadway on the 59E59 Theatre a few seasons in the past. He additionally received an Emmy for “NYPD Blues” and performs Robert Frost in “That Verse Enterprise.” The Chekov play, says Neary, “is a really humorous quick piece carried out by Gordon, who performs a considerably henpecked husband bullied into giving a lecture he’d favor to not give.” For information on the present, go to
https://northernstage.org/librarian-tobacco. … Neary has additionally written “Bethlehem Evening Courtroom,” one in all seven quick vacation performs by Neary, Noah Smith and Dean O’Carroll written particularly for Zoom presentation by younger actors — middle- or high-school age — underneath the banner Solstice Distancing. Academics or group theaters searching for one thing for younger performers to do throughout these difficult occasions will discover that these new comedies match the invoice. For scripts and data, electronic mail Neary at [email protected]
BROADWAY UPDATE: The latest announcement that Broadway theaters can be darkish till June 2021 on the earliest got here as a blow to followers. However starting at midday at this time — Oct. 15 — the Tony Award nominees for the most effective and brightest on Broadway will stream on its You Tube channel. Making the announcement is Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart, who lit up the stage in “Aladdin” and “Hamilton.” The 74th annual ceremony will happen through streaming at a date nonetheless TBA. Keep tuned and verify www.playbill.com for updates.
Nancye Tuttle’s electronic mail is [email protected]