• 2018 season,  shows

    Current Season

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    Current Show:

    November

    Not About Nightingales” by Tennessee Williams

    Show dates  October 19, 20, 21,  26, 27, 28
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.
    Read more about this show. >>

    …and earlier this year:

    March

    Two one acts- “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, and “Sonata for Armadillos” by Jon Tuttle

    Show dates March 2, 3, 4 & March 9, 10, 11
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.

    June

    Witness for the Prosecution” by Agatha Christie

    show dates June 15, 16, 17 & June 22, 23, 24
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.

    August

    Marriage is Murder” by Nick Hall

    Show dates  August 24, 25, 26  & 31, Sept 1 and 2
    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm.
    Read more about this show.>>

  • shows

    Marriage is Murder, by Nick Hall

    Gaslight Theater, Hallowell, Maine
    2018 Season, August 24, 25, 26  & 31, Sept 1 and 2

    Full Length Play, Comedy
    cast: one woman, one man

    Ex-spouses Paul and Polly Butler write murder mysteries together. They act out the crimes in Paul’s apartment: poisoned chocolates and lethal martinis, alibis and fingerprints, bodies in a trunk and bodies all tied up, daggers, guns and even an axe all contribute to the hilarity. Nobody gets hurt, but their egos take some hits as they find that their marriage was mixed up with their work. There are many fast paced comic twists as they attempt to outdo and surprise each other and they learn that marriage, like murder, is in the details. The final witty complication is a real murder which they and the audience should have seen coming. This murderously funny two character comedy is by the author of Accommodations.

  • shows

    Not about Nightingales by Tennessee Williams

    Gaslight Theater, Hallowell, Maine
    2018 Season, October 19, 20, 21,  26, 27, 28

    An early work by the revered playwright that caused a sensation in Houston, New York, and London. This is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937. Convicts who led a hunger strike to protest conditions were locked in a scalding cell where four of them died. The sympathetic treatment of blacks and homosexuals was revolutionary for the time of the premiere and may explain why the play remained unproduced for sixty years.

    NOMINEE! 1999 Tony Award for Best Play

    PAST REVIEWS

    “Enthralling…A feverish, full strength compassion for people in cages makes Nightingales fly toward a realm of pain and beauty that is the province of greatness…The emotions, both savage and painfully delicate, that saturate this work are arguably more rich and varied in tone than those of any American dramatist…The voices of Williams’s entrapped nightingales…refuse to fade when the play is plunged into its concluding darkness.” – The New York Times

    “The best American play so far this season…It adds to the reputation of one of America’s greatest playwrights.” – The New York Daily News

    “Fascinating.” – The New York Post

    “Changes our perception of a major writer and still packs a hefty political punch.” – London Independent

    DETAILS

    Time Period: 1930s
    Setting: A large American prison during the summer of 1938.
    Features / Contains: Period Costumes

    CASTING

    9m, 3f
    THE VOICE OF THE LORELEI
    MRS. BRISTOL
    EVA CRANE
    JIM ALLISON (Canary Jim)
    BOSS WHALEN – the warden
    JACK BRISTOL (Sailor Jack)
    SCHULTZ – a guard
    BUTCH O’FALLON
    THE QUEEN
    JOE
    MCBURNEY – a guard
    OLIVER ARMSTEAD (Ollie)
    SHAPIRO
    JEREMY TROUT (Swifty)
    MEX
    KRAUSE
    ALBERTS
    TOM
    CHAPLAIN
    REVEREND HOOKER
    GOLDIE
    CHICK
    GUARDS, CONVICTS, TROOPERS

    Tennessee Williams

    Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capped by A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most influential works of modern American literature. An extraordinary series of masterpieces followed, including Vieux Carre, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Orpheus Descending, and the classic Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

  • auditions

    Auditions

    Auditions for Marriage is Murder, our next show is June 17 and 18 Hallowell City Hall at 6 Two actors — one man one woman as husband and wife

    “Marriage is Murder” by Nick Hall

    Show dates: August 24, 25, 26 & 31, Sept 1 and 2

    Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays & Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2pm

  • show history

    2010’s

    Year Month Production
    2010 March Accomplice [photo album]
    April One-Act Plays [photo album] #235
    June Bells Are Ringing [photo album]
    September Born Yesterday
    November My Three Angels
    2011 February-March Key for Two [photo album]
    April An Evening of One-Act Plays [photo album] #240
    June The Importance of Being Earnest [photo album]
    August-September And Then There Were None [photo album]
    November Cinderella (Enchanted Edition) [photo album]
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    2000’s

    Year Month Production
    2000 March/April Where’s Charley?
    June/July You Can’t Take it With You
    August/September Laura (show #195)
    November Divorce, Southern Style (Winter Chicken)
    2001 March Misery
    June Drop Dead
    August/September A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
    October/November Our Town (200th Show)
    2002 March Painting Churches
    April (one-act) The Last Cigarette
    June Moon Over Buffalo
    August Soup du Jour
    October/November A Party to Murder
    2003 March The Odd Couple (female version, #205)
    June Light Up the Sky
    August Kiss Me Kate
    November The Haunted Through Lounge and Recessed Dining Nook at Farndale Castle
    2004 March/April Mastergate [photo album]
    April One-Act: Gaslight Cafe (MEACT)
    June/July Of Thee I Sing [photo album] (#210)
    August Don’t Drink the Water [photo album]
    November The Manchurian Candidate [photo album]
    2005 February Omar Ricardo’s “That’s Italian” [photo album]
    March Death of a Salesman [photo album]
    April One-Act: Gaslight Cafe (MEACT and Regional)
    June/July How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying [photo album]
    September Dinner With Friends [photo album] (#215)
    November Arsenic and Old Lace [photo album]
    2006 March Omar Ricardo and his Many, Many Women (fundraiser) [photo album]
    May The Real Inspector Hound [photo album]
    June Jake’s Women [photo album]
    August Songs for a Summer Night (musical revue) [photo album]
    November The Mousetrap [photo album]
    2007 March Almost, Maine [photo album]
    April One Act: Almost, Maine (selections: MEACT)
    June/July Lucky Stiff [photo album]
    August Crimes of the Heart [photo album]
    November Over the River and Through the Woods [photo album]
    2008 March Don’t Dress for Dinner [photo album] (#225)
    June Bye, Bye Birdie [photo album]
    August Wonder of the World [photo album]
    November Private Lives [photo album]
    2009 March Bell, Book and Candle [photo album]
    April The Ties That Bind (one-act plays) [photo album]
    July Gentlemen Prefer Blondes [photo album]
    August/September Five Women Wearing the Same Dress [photo album]
    November Rabbit Hole [photo album]
  • show history

    1990’s

    Year Month Production
    1990 March Catch Me If You Can (show #150)
    May 2 One_Acts: (Love Course; The Actor’s Nightmare)
    August Blithe Spirit
    November Baby
    1991 April The Tempest
    June The Music Man (#155)
    August On the Verge
    November A Loss of Roses
    1992 March On Golden Pond
    June The Odd Couple (Female Version)
    August Oklahoma (#160)
    November Of Mice and Men
    1993 February Love Changes Everything (musical revue)
    March Barefoot in the Park
    June Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    August Wait Until Dark (#165)
    November Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe
    1994 February Brother, Can You Spare A Dime (fundraiser: musical revue)
    March Lend Me A Tenor
    June Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Maine Premiere)
    August Dames at Sea (#170)
    September Come Back Little Sheba
    1995 March The Front Page
    June The Foreigner
    August 2 Albee One-Acts: (The Zoo Story and The American Dream)
    November Agnes of God (#175)
    1996 March One Act Festival in Camden: Zoo Story
    March Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will
    July Steel Magnolias
    September Gaslight (Angel Street)
    November House of Blue Leaves (#180)
    1997 April Do Not Disturb
    June/July Infidelities
    August A Cheever Evening (Maine Premiere)
    November Twelve Angry Men
    1998 March Harvey (#185)
    June Inherit the Wind
    Augusta Nunsense
    November The Taming of the Shrew
    1999 March Rehearsal for Murder
    July The Complete works of Wllm Shkspr, Abbr. (#190)
    August/September Plaza Suite
    November The Country Girl
  • show history

    1980’s

    Year Month Production
    1980 Summer Aaron Slick of Pumpkin Crick
    October The Magical Pied Piper of Hamlin
    December A Christmas Carol
    1981 April Pajama Game
    June The Madwoman of Chaillot
    August Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    October Song by Song by Sondheim (musical revue)
    1982 January The Lion in Winter
    March/April Bye Bye Birdie
    June Carousel
    July America the Musical (musical revue)
    October The Butler Did It (#125)
    December Sounds Like White Christmas (musical revue)
    1983 April Anything Goes
    July America the Musical II/Broadway on the Kennebec; musical revue)
    1984 March The Mousetrap
    July Sparklers (#130)
    November Guys and Dolls
    1985 May Bus Stop
    July/August You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
    November Camelot
    1986 April Twelfth Night (#135)
    June 3 One-Act Plays (The Anniversary, Aria da Capo, Thursday Evenings)
    October On The Air (original radio show)
    1987 April Vanities
    July ESSays (Original Music show)
    July I Do, I Do (#140)
    October California Suite
    November James and the Giant Peach
    1988 March 2 One-Acts: (Who Dunnit?, The Real Inspector Hound)
    May/June Crimes of the Heart
    July Company
    November All My Sons (#145)
    1989 March See How They Run
    June The Lady’s Not for Burning
    October Once Upon a Mattress
    December Performance at a Christmas Ball
  • show history

    1970’s

    Year Month Production
    1970 February Write Me a Murder (#93)
    April Everyone Loves Opal (#94)
    May When Shakespeare’s Ladies Meet
    November Cactus Flower (#95)
    1971 Under the Yum Yum Tree (#96)
    Spring Wait Until Dark (#97)
    Fall Camelot (#98)
    1972 March Invitation to a March (#99)
    April Auntie Mame (100th Show)
    October Don’t Drink the Water (#101)
    1973 March Oliver (#102)
    November Kiss Me Kate (#103)
    1974 May Forty Carats (#104)
    December The Music Man (#105)
    1975 April Mrs. McThing
    June An Endless Line of Splendor (pageant)
    September Curse You, Jack Dalton (Gay 90s Revue)
    November Our Town
    1976 April Arsenic and Old Lace
    August Broadway (revue)
    November Broadway Revisited (revue, #109)
    1977 May Sorry, Wrong Number/The Spiral Staircase
    August Ladies Night at the Theater (revue)
    1978 January Bits from Hollywood Hits (revue)
    1979 Early summer Lil Abner
  • show history

    1960’s

    Year Month Production
    1960 French With an Accent (Show #70)
    1961 The Potting Shed (#71)
    November Golden Fleecing
    1962 March Midas and the Golden Touch (children’s play)
    April/May Design for Murder
    Send Me No Flowers
    1963 February The Emperor’s New Clothes (children’s play)
    April Teahouse of the August Moon (#75)
    November Picnic (#76)
    1964 April Critic’s Choice (#77)
    November John Brown’s Body (#78)
    1965 February/March Snow White and Rose Read (children’s play)
    April A Shot in the Dark (#79)
    October The Elves and the Shoemaker (children’s play)
    November Diary of Anne Frank (#80)
    1966 March Mary, Mary (#81)
    April Angel Street (#82)
    November Never Too Late (#83)
    1967 February The Bat (#84)
    April King of Hearts (#85)
    April Sky High (Youth Theater)
    November A Thousand Clowns (#86)
    1968 February Bell, Book and Candle (#87)
    April Barefoot in the Park (#88)
    November The Odd Couple (#89)
    1969 February Any Wednesday (#90)
    April The Chalk Garden (#91)
    November Come Blow Your Horn (#92)