Thrills, chills come to nearby stages

  • The Hampstead Stage Co. performs “Frankenstein.” Courtesy

  • Mark Stephen Woods as Sidney, Kristian Sorensen as Clifford, and the actress known as Fleece as Myra. Courtesy Lesley Pankhurst

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Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

As October arrives, stories that thrill, creep and spook are coming to New Hampshire’s stages.

A monster’s tale

The Hampstead Stage Company will bring its original adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Franklin on Thursday.

The show will take place at 7 p.m. for one night only at the Franklin Opera House.

In the show, a three-person cast plays multiple characters as Dr. Frankenstein recounts his tragic tale.

Frankenstein’s ambition and grief lead to instill life into a giant, grotesque humanoid form: his monster. The monster is rejected by natural humans and forces Frankenstein to make him a female companion. At first the scientist agrees, but fearful of his creation’s intentions he destroys the female before she is completed.

The creation then exacts revenge.

Following the performance will be a talkback with the actors.

The show is recommended for audiences age 13 and older. Admission is $10.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 934-1901 or visit franklinoperahouse.org.

Broadway favorite

The longest-running comedic thriller on Broadway, Deathtrap, will open at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse on Thursday.

In it, a struggling playwright Sidney Bruhl (Mark Stephen Woods) has suffered a string of flops. Then, his student shares a brilliant new script. The playwright and his wife, Myra (Fleece), plot to steal it, but there will be a twist in the plan.

The show is being directed by Marta Rainer and performed by the playhouse’s professional company.

Shows will be Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are $16 to $27 and can be bought at winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling 279-0333.


The Hatbox Theatre in the Steeplegate Mall will present Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage.

Two sets of Brooklyn parents, with remarkably similar lives, are drawn together when their 11-year-old sons have a playground altercation.

With a bottle of rum, the parents meet to resolve the matter, but instead challenges the others’ thinking and emerge from the meeting in a much darker place.

The show opens Friday and runs through Oct. 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students, seniors and members, and $12 for senior members. To purchase or for more information, visit hatboxnh.com.

A dark comedy

Keene State College’s theater and dance departments will present 1959 Pink Thunderbird on the Vietnam War and PTSD.

The play deals with a Vietnam veteran coping with PTSD before the disorder was identified and understood. No one really understands what Roy is experiencing as he tries to rebuild his life among his family and friends.

Shows will run Tuesday to Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 14 at the Redfern Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for Keene State students. Call 358-2168 or visit keene.edu/arts/redfern to reserve.

(Sarah Pearson can be reached at features@cmonitor.com, 369-3324 or on Twitter @SarahPearsonNH.)