PARIS – “Spousal Deafness … and Other Bones of Contention, a musical comedy revue written and performed by Susan Poulin and Gordon Carlisle, will be presented at Celebration Barn Saturday, Aug. 23.

Poulin and Carlisle, real-life husband and wife, combine original songs, sketch comedy and inventive props to explore the wacky world of relationships. They tackle the really big issues: romance, underwear, vacation negotiation and, of course, spousal deafness.

Poulin has been creating and touring her original theatrical productions for 15 years. She was a featured performer at the Women’s Performance Festival at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Maine Festival, the Minneapolis Fringe Theater Festival and Portland’s Cassandra Project.

Carlisle has been actively involved as a visual artist, songwriter and actor in the Portsmouth, N.H., area for more than 20 years. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, he primarily makes his living as a visual artist, creating both private and public murals, portraits, graphics and illustrations. In June, he completed a 1,260-square-foot exterior mural in Somersworth, N.H., that pays homage to the city’s industrial heritage. His studio artwork has been exhibited around the United States.

As Poolyle Productions, Poulin and Carlisle have been collaborating on plays, songs, and artwork for about two decades. Their critically acclaimed plays – “In My Head I’m Thin,” “Spousal Deafness … and Other Bones of Contention,” “Pardon My French!,” “Ida: Woman Who Runs With The Moose” and “Ida’s Havin’ a Yard Sale!” – have broken box office records throughout the Northeast.

Poulin’s reader’s theater piece about the death of her mother, “The Full Angel,” has been performed for a variety of organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Maine and Schwartz Center Rounds. Most recently, Poulin and Carlisle’s play, “Yellow Jackets,” was one of 12 plays selected to be performed in the 2008 Maine Short Play in Portland. Their newest play, “Shutting Up Peggy Lee!,” premiered to sold-out houses in March.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 743-8452. Celebration Barn Theater is on Stock Farm Road, just off Route 117. For more information, visit

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