Holocaust commemoration among stage productions this week
06:10 AM, Jan 13, 2014
On June 10, 1942, the Nazis destroyed the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia. They murdered every man in the village and many women and sent the other women to concentration camps. Children were herded other places. Only 170 people returned to the burned village after the war. Edna St. Vincent Milay wrote a gut-wrenching poem/play called The Murder of Lidice, which John W. Borek is producing at MuCCC, 142 Atlantic Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Some of the area’s best actors will be reading from the poem, including Bonnie Abrams, Denise Bartalo, Don Bartalo, Peter Doyle, Meredith Powell, Ed Scutt and Rebecca Solomon. It’s a pay-what-you-will event, although the suggested donation is $8. Call (866) 811-4111 or go to MuCCC.org.
Other plays this week:
Reenah Golden has performed some popular plays, all with a message, including Nilaja Sun’s No Child, which she has performed several times at Geva Theatre Center. Golden is one of the artists in residence at MuCCC this year, and on Thursday and Sunday will introduce her latest work, Black Coffee; the Poets’ Café. The show takes place in 1975 at a Harlem restaurant run for 50 years by the same family. The matriarch is rumored to be retiring, and this is a reminiscence of the poetry and jazz artists who passed through the doors. At 8 p.m. Thursday, the play will get a full reading. At 8 p.m. Saturday, they will be workshopping the music transitions and dance stories that will be incorporated into the play. Both will be followed by talkbacks. It’s a pay-what-you-will event. Call (585) 244-0960 or go to MuCCC.org.
Off-Monroe Players’ Winter Plays explore W.S. Gilbert without Sullivan. The comedies No Cards, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Eyes and No Eyes are at 2 p.m. today and next Sunday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1000 N. Winton Road. The performances are free, although reservations are recommended. Call (585) 232-5570 or go to off-monroeplayers.org.
Les Miserables will be presented by Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. next Sunday, and then again Jan. 25 to 27 at the college’s Cultural Life Center, 2301 Westside Drive, Chili. Tickets are $20; $17 for seniors; $15 for students. Call (585) 594-6008 or go to roberts.edu/clc.
Off Broadway: A Musical Revue will be produced by Stageworks at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut St. Tickets are $12; $9 for seniors and students. Go to StageworksROC.org.