COVID-19 Audience Update #6

April 21, 2020 I keep hoping that I’ll be writing you, our dear Pentacle donors and patrons, with better news. As Western governors unite in their planning for when the states will open for business, one thing has become very clear: there is no certainty about when theaters will be able to resume rehearsing and…

COVID-19 Audience Update #4

March 16, 2020 Last night, the Pentacle Theatre Governing Board met and discussed the rapidly evolving status of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued interim guidance regarding large gatherings: “… CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the…

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express opens Jan. 17

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express opens at Salem’s Pentacle Theatre Jan. 17 and runs through Feb. 8. It’s a winter night in 1934 and on the first-class coach of the famous Orient Express train, its passengers are snowbound on a mountain pass in Yugoslavia. By morning, an unlikeable American businessman is found dead…

Tony-nominated “Mothers and Sons” opens Oct. 18 – with special exhibit of AIDS Memorial Quilt

Mothers and Sons a modern drama by playwright Terrence McNally, opens at Pentacle Theatre Oct. 18 and runs through Nov. 9. At turns both funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who now is married to another man…

Rollicking farce, “Jest a Second!,” opens July 26

Who doesn’t love a high comedy with a man in drag? Theater and film are replete with great comedies featuring cross-dressing characters. Think Tootsie or Charlie’s Aunt or many a Shakespeare play, and of course, Monte Python’s Flying Circus. In this long tradition of madcap character-in-drag farces, Pentacle Theatre’s summer comedy, Jest a Second!, opens…