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NCP to open 'Don't Talk

to the Actors'

New Century Players Community Theatre will present "Don't Talk to the Actors" Feb. 7 through 23 at Rose Villa Performing Arts Center, 13505 S.E. River Road, Portland.

Written by Tom Dudzick and directed by Kraig Williams, the best laid plans go comically awry when the cast and crew of a Broadway-bound play resort to manipulation, diva-like behavior and chaotic abandon to get what they want.

Fledgling playwright Jerry Przpezniak and his fiancee are a couple of Buffalo greenhorns suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York's theater scene when Jerry's play is optioned for the big money, ego-driven world of Broadway.

It's a young playwright's dream, but the characters and dilemmas they encounter are the things theatrical nightmares are made of. The play contains some strong language.

The cast includes Jordon Fugitt as Jerry Przpezniak, Meghan Doerfler as Arlene Syniarski, Gary Culver as Mike Policzek, Ron K. Palmblad as Curt Logan, Elisabeth Goebel as Beatrice Pomeroy and Kelli Lacey as Lucinda Shaw.

Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students online at newcenturyplayers.org.

Stumptown Stages presents 'Mamma Mia!'

Stumptown Stages closes its 15th musical season in its home at Portland'5 Winningstad Theatre with the ABBA-inspired musical "Mamma Mia!" with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 through Feb. 16.

ABBA's hits tell the story of a young woman's (Jacqueline Mallene) search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men (Shawn Rogers, Steve Coker, Doug Zimmerman) from her mother's (Margie Boule) past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

A large cast, nonstop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make "Mamma Mia!" a guaranteed hit.

Tickets range in price from $28 to $48 and can be purhased online at stumptownstages.org. Winningstad Theatre is located at 1111 S.W. Broadway in Portland.


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