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August 25, 2013

New season for Merrimack Repertory

September is fast approaching, which means that the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell soon will be unveiling its new season of theater, rich with seven diverse shows.

“I like to have an order of eclectic plays, so that the viewer is able to have a different experience with each of the seven,” said Artistic Director Charles Towers of the upcoming performances.

“They go from one end of the spectrum to the other,” he said. “From Yasmina Reza’s comic tragedy, all the way to the blues-incorporated stylings of Angelo Parra, and with everything in between.”

Here’s what’s on the playbill this season.

‘God of Carnage’

by Yasmina Reza

Sept. 19 to Oct. 13

Two high-strung sets of parents meet for the first time with the intention of settling their sons’ playground dispute like civilized adults. Their encounter frustrates everyone’s best intentions in this viciously funny Olivier Award-winner for Best Comedy and long-running Broadway hit. (Adult language.)

‘Mrs. Mannerly’

by Jeffrey Hatcher

Oct. 24 to Nov. 17

In this tart but charming comedy, it is the fall of 1967 and young Jeffrey has just enrolled in a manners class taught by the formidable Helen Anderson Kirk, otherwise known as Mrs. Mannerly. Although society is rapidly changing, Jeffrey and his rival classmates must decide how far they will go to become the first student to achieve a perfect score on Mrs. Mannerly’s legendary final exam. (Adult language.)

‘Stella and Lou’

by Bruce Graham”

Nov. 29 to Dec. 22

Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his regulars, walks in with a surprising proposal. Lou is a faithful widower and Stella a dedicated nurse. This romantic comedy asks if a second chance at love is really possible for two people with a lot of miles on them.

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