November brings continued laughter and the return of Susan Poulin in her new show, “I Married an Alien,” playing Nov 7-9. If you’ve ever looked at your spouse and thought, “What planet are they from?” this is the show for you! Poulin’s alter ego Ida Le Clair (officially named the funniest woman in Maine), gives hilarious advice on love, marriage and what to do when the double-wide’s feeling too small.

The holiday season will bring the return of an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” playing Dec. 12-14. Created by The Public Theatre, this delightful adaptation has been published and performed by theatres around the world, and has become a Lewiston/Auburn tradition. Featuring six actors and a fiddler, Dickens’ language and characters come to life in a way you’ve never seen before.

Chase away winter blues with the comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” playing Jan. 23-Feb. 1. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia (named after Chekhov characters by their hyper-educated parents) live uneventful lives in Bucks County, Penns. until their self-absorbed movie-star sister Masha returns home for the weekend with her 20-something boy-toy Spike to shake things up.

Thus begins a madcap family reunion filled with sibling rivalry and a delightfully outrageous rant about the joy of life before cell phones. “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” contains some adult language and one guy in his underwear.

As spring approaches, romance goes into full bloom with the Maine premiere of the recent Tony Award-nominee for Best Play, “Outside Mullingar” from March 13-22. Imagine an Irish “Moonstruck” when two eccentric singles in rural Ireland struggle to reveal their love for each other in this endearing romantic comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley (Doubt).

Next-door neighbors Anthony and Rosemary have seem destined for each other since childhood, but they’re Irish and stubborn to the core. Will these two lonely souls, cross the plot of land that separates them and take a chance on love?

Accompanying the (hopeful) warmth of spring will be “The Sunshine Boys,” Neil Simon’s comic masterpiece about showbiz, aging and friendship, playing May 1-10. The most famous comedy in history hasn’t spoken to each other in years, but when these cranky comics are convinced to reunite for a TV special, who will get the last laugh?

The Public Theatre will end its 2014-2015 season with a special production for children called “Bodyology” by Slim Goodbody. Special student matinee performances will be held from May 18-20 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. This hour-long performance stars PBS’s Slim Goodbody exploring the inner workings of the human body along with the health practices required to care for it. This inventive multi-media presentation features original music, exciting visuals and relevant content.

New this year, The Public Theatre will launch its exciting PLAY PAL program for people who love to go to the theatre, but often find they have no one to go with. The program will connect solo theatre-goers with other solo theatre-lovers when they attend a 3 p.m. Saturday matinee performance.

Members attending the Saturday matinee performance will be seated together and identified to each other making it easy to make a new friend at The Public Theatre. PLAY PALS are also given a coupon for a free concession item, encouraging them to meet and mingle with other theatre-lovers during intermission.

A “getting to know you” game card is also available for adventuresome PLAY PAL members, offering a chance to win fun prizes. Membership in The Public Theatre’s PLAY PAL program is free with the only requirement being that you are a solo-theatre-goer. Members can choose to see one play or every play in the season and the shows you attend are up to you. Who knows, you might find a new friend sitting in the seat right next to you.

In 1991, The Public Theatre was founded with the mission of bringing high quality professional theater to the people of Maine at an affordable price. With a top ticket price of $20 and another exciting year of plays to look forward to performed by the finest actors from N.Y. to L.A., The Public Theatre remains committed to keeping Broadway-quality theatre accessible for everyone.

For more information, visit www.thepublictheatre.org or call 207-782-3200. The Public Theatre is at 31 Maple St.


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