2016-17 Season

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9/9-9/25/16

Miracle Worker postcard image croppedThe Miracle Worker by William Gibson, Directed by Meg Quin Dussault
WINNER! 1960 TONY AWARD – Best Play

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This American classic tells the true story of Annie Sullivan and her student, Helen Keller, who is both blind and deaf. The Miracle Worker dramatizes the relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, apparently unreachable and unteachable. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Through scenes of intense physical and emotional conflict, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with Helen’s discovery of language through a single, word: “water”.
“Interesting, absorbing and moving.” – The New York Post

 


10/21-11/6/16

stacks_image_457November by David Mamet, Directed by Michael McGarty

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Coming to MMAS just in time for the 2016 Presidential election, David Mamet’s Oval Office satire depicts one day in the life of a beleaguered American commander-in-chief. With Mamet’s characteristic no-holds-barred style, November is a scathingly hilarious take on the state of America today and the lengths to which people will go to win.
“This is satire with a scorpion’s sting” – Variety

“Ferociously original…, [November] rollicks from one politically incorrect punch line to the next.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Remarkable… one of the most profoundly laugh-out-loud plays that I have seen in many years.” – BeyondChron.org 

“Extremely funny” – The New York Times

 


12/3/16 (4pm & 7:30pm)

Sleigh Bells Swing! Krisanthi Pappas Krisanthi_044_resizedHoliday Concert
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If you missed her previous sold out shows at MMAS, you will not want to miss her this time. Join this award winning jazz singer and her merry band as they make sleigh bells swing and warm your spirits like hot chocolate playing jazzy renditions of all your holiday favorites like Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Santa Baby, and many more!

“(Her) voice is bright, colorful, sweet and she can swing with the best of them…” Cabaret Scenes NY review

 


12/8-12/18/16 (8 shows Thurs-Sun)

gary poholekA Christmas Carol Adapted by Gary Poholek from the story by Charles Dickens

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Gary Poholek brings his one man show back to MMAS. In the show, Mr. Poholek, as Charles Dickens, acts out Dicken’s beloved Christmas story, just as the author himself often did on tour. The result is a show with one man, and many characters; and one heartwarming theatrical event.
“Gary Poholek, a Boston Conservatory graduate, presents his original take on this well-known tale and delivers a tour de force performance, making him the definitive Scrooge of this season.” – Tony Annicone, Theater Mirror

“If you have to choose among the various productions of Christmas Carol out there, this one should be top pick and is one that may hold truest to the Dickensian tradition.” – Patricia McAlpine, The Sun Chronicle

 


1/20-2/5/17

our town2Our Town by Thornton Wilder, Directed by Adam Joy
Winner! 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Perhaps the past has never spoken so eloquently to the present (and the future) as it does in Thorton Wilder’s American masterpiece, “Our Town.” Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die.
“While all of Wilder’s work is intelligent, non-synthetic and often moving, as well as funny, it is Our Town that makes the difference. It is probably the finest play ever written by an American.” —Edward Albee

“Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece…An immortal tale of small town morality [and]…a classic of soft spoken theater.” — The New York Times 

“Beautiful and remarkable one of the sagest, warmest and most deeply human scripts to have come out of our theatre…A spiritual experience.” —The New York Post

“No American play describes more powerfully how we imagine ourselves.”- The New York Daily News

“No play ever moved me so deeply.” —Alexander Woolcott, The New Yorker


3/10-3/26/17

Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, Directed by Steve Dooner
Winner! 1996 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play

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Did you hear the one about the two unknown geniuses who walk into a bar? Well, actor, comic and now playwright Steve Martin has used that set-up as the starting point for Picasso at the Lapin Agile.
The play imagines Alfred Einstein and Pablo Picasso meeting in a Montmartre bar one evening in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity. and the celebrated painter transformed  the art world with cubism.
“It’s important to remember that the playwright of ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ is Steve Martin, stand-up comic, actor, writer, banjo player and something of a genius in his own right. So when big questions are being addressed, you can be sure that a layer of silliness is always in place (and, subversively, a layer of seriousness beneath that).” – The New York Times

“Highly credible and… very funny. The subject matter is daring… You get giggles in plenty [and] moments of enlightenment… The introduction of the final, exquisitely selected visitor from the future is a master stroke.” – New York Post


4/28-5/14/17

Great Amer Trailer ParkThe Great American Trailer Park Musical Music and Lyrics by David Nehls,
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed and Choreographed by Dori Bryan Ployer;
Music Direction by Nick Foster

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THE STORY: There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil–loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband—the storms begin to brew.
“Adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades. Undeniable fun.” —NY Post.

“A bright new show!” —NY Times.

“A show that actually lives up to the hype of its title.” —Village Voice.

“A delicious new musical. The joint is jammed and jumping with raucous laughter. It’s like The Honeymooners meets The Best Little Whorehouse in Urinetown.” —NY Post.

 


6/9-6/25/17

Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon, Directed by Ken Levy
NOMINEE – 1964 Tony Award for Best Play

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Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking to live life to its fullest. Their new apartment is her most recent find-too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. Add in a dinner with their unconventional neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco and Corie’s very conventional mother, is it any wonder that everything that can go wrong, does?
“A BUBBLING, RIB-TICKLING COMEDY.” – The New York Time

“Critic weeps joyfully…I don’t think anybody stopped laughing while the curtain was up last evening.” – New York Daily News

 


7/27- 8/6/17

smokey-joes-cafe-logoSmokey Joe’s Cafe – The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, Directed and Choreographed by Dori Bryan Ployer; Music Direction by Nick Foster
1995 Tony Award Nominee: Best Musical

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In what is the longest running musical revue in Broadway history, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre.