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Friday, May 25

Laugh Therapy This Summer!

“If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” – Robert Frost

The irreverent, side-splitting Irish Comedy Tour kicks off a summer of laugh therapy at The Music Hall, the performing arts center featuring entertainment from around the world in its landmark 900-seat Historic Theater and the intimate Music Hall Loft. The belly-laugh trio of Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, and Keith Aherne - known for full throttle comedy in the atmosphere of an Irish pub —will be performing at the Loft on Friday, June 1 and Saturday June 2 at 7:30 pm both evenings.

“Now, more than ever, people need to laugh,” says The Music Hall’s Executive Director and Lead Curator Patricia Lynch. “Building on the success of our Hilarity at The Music Hall series, we’re excited to bring outstanding comic talent to The Music Hall this summer, starting with the uproarious Irish Comedy Tour. I for one can’t wait to revisit the funniest pub in Dublin—right here in Portsmouth.”

Following the Irish Comedy Tour is the hysterically funny drag act Miss Richfield 1981, with a new show called “2012—We’ll All Be Dead by Christmas!” This irresistible, larger-than-life performer who wowed Music Hall audiences last year is returning to The Loft on three dates this summer: Saturday, June 9, 8pm; Sunday, July 1, 7pm; and Sunday, August 5, 7pm.

In July, also back by popular demand, is the multi-media sensation Super Secret Project, a comedy trio for mature audiences that has more than 7 million views on YouTube. Don’t miss their hilarious performance on Friday July 20, 7pm and 9pm, and Saturday, July 21, 7pm.

And, all these Hilarity shows are in the Loft, just designated the “best performing arts venue” by Yankee Magazine, and which the Portland Phoenix described as,  “brand new, very chic Music Hall Loft…gorgeously designed space… sleek, modern, and stocked with a full bar and a selection of victuals you can bring to your seats in its intimate theater”

The laughs don’t end with our Hilarity series this summer. After a 13-year hiatus, whimsical movie director Whit Stillman, known for his tongue-in-cheek takes on the bourgeoisie in Metropolitan and Barcelona, is back with a new comedy, Damsels in Distress. Catch it at The Music Hall on June 23, 24, 26, 27, and 28. “Like all his films, Damsels is stuffed with quixotic types striving after ideals they’re ill-equipped to achieve. . . a delightfully giddy comedy”— National Public Radio

Whether it’s stand-up comedy or cinema, The Music Hall is the place to be for laugh therapy this summer!

Hilarity @ The Music Hall This Summer
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The Loft • Friday, June 1, 7:30pm • Saturday, June 2 , 7:30 pm
Tickets: $36.00
The clever, irreverent comedy trio Derek Richards, Mike McCarthy, and Keith Aherne have transported audiences from around the U.S. to party time in a Dublin pub. They’re Irish, they’re American, and they’re not holding back! “A boisterous, belly-laugh trio.” —ArtsBoston
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“2012—We’ll All be Dead by Christmas!”
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The Loft • Saturday, June 9, 8pm • Sunday, July 1, 7pm • Sunday, August 5, 7pm
Tickets: $35
This hilarious storyteller is winning over theater and cabaret audiences around the country with an interactive one-man drag show featuring edgy one-on-one improv, a professionally trained singing voice, and an athletic approach to physical comedy. In her new show, Miss R offers a celebratory take on the impending apocalypse, and gets us “Arma-Gettin Ready” through songs, videos, and audience activities. Hysterical! “The must-see show in Provincetown.”—The New York Daily News
Evening Sponsor: People’s United Bank


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Friday July 20, 7pm, 9pm • Saturday, July 21, 7pm
Tickets: $21
Super Secret Project returns with its “multi-media fused comedy rap show thingy” featuring classics and their latest material. With over 7 million views on YouTube, the self-described “comedy trio hell-bent on conquering the internet” is known for such viral videos as Granite State of Mind, Realistic Love Song, and Titletown (Boston Sports Fan Anthem). For mature audiences. “Do yourself a favor and catch their show live.”—New Hampshire Magazine
Evening Sponsor: Fosters Daily Democrat


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Sat., June 23, Sun., June 24, Tue., June 26, Wed., June 27, Thu., June 28 7:30 pm
Tickets: $9 adults, $7 seniors 60+, students, & military
The latest from Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona), is a comedy about a trio of beautiful girls as they set out to revolutionize life at a grungy American university—the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into their group, which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good hygiene and musical dance numbers. “Damsels in distress is an exhilarating gift of a comedy.”—Rolling Stone
PG13, 99 mins, US

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