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…

Neil Simon’s comic fable, Fools, at Pentacle Theatre

Leon Tolchinsky has a problem like no other in Neil Simon’s comedy, Fools, opening at Pentacle Theatre May 24. Sure, Tolchinsky is ecstatic because he’s landed a terrific teaching job in the idyllic Ukrainian hamlet of Kulyenchikov. But everyone who lives there has been cursed with chronic stupidity for the last 200 years. Even worse,…