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Monday, July 4

Two Comedies

Just Announced!
The Music Hall Presents
Two new comedies in The Music Hall Loft
On stage: Life In A Marital Institution
September 9-11, 2011
“gaspingly funny” –Variety
National Theater of London HD: One Man, Two Guvnors
Thursday September 15, 2011
“A classic comedy hilariously updated” -  The Times
On sale to members noon Saturday July 9
On sale to non-members noon Saturday July 23
“brand new, very chic…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”
-         Portland Phoenix
The comedies continue to roll out as we announce two new shows for – one, a live one-man show exploring marriage in America, the other, a broadcast of a classic Italian comedy updated and set in 1963 Brighton, England. The first, Life in a Marital Institution, stars This American Life contributor James Braly on tour after a sold-out run in New York City with his look at 20 years of monogamy. The second, One Man, Two Guvnors, opens the third season of the National Theatre of London HD Broadcasts with a highly acclaimed farce in which sex, food and money are high on the agenda.
According to Chris Curtis, Music Hall Programming Coordinator, “At once hilarious and intelligent, both of these shows at The Loft promise to please.  Loft seating is limited, buy your tickets quickly!”

About Life in a Marital Institution

Meredith Vieira Productions presents Life in A Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour).
@The Music Hall Loft
Friday, September 9  8pm
Saturday, September 10 7pm & 9:30pm
Sunday, September 11  7pm
Tickets: $38
First comes love. Then comes marriage counseling. After a sold-out run in New York City, This American Life contributor James Braly is on tour with his darkly comic story of what 13 couples counselors have called a passionate, bi‐polar relationship. Hailed as “never less than excellent” by The New York Times, Braly dives head first into a tale of attraction, repulsion, death, and the afterlife. It’s 20 years of monogamy in one terrifying (hilarious) evening. Produced by Meredith Vieira Productions.
“gaspingly funny” –Variety

About One Man, Two Guvnors

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast
At The Music Hall Loft
Season Three: First Title Announced!
One Man, Two Guvnors
By Richard Bean
Saturday, September 17 at 1pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 & Under: $15

Having moved Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters, to 1963 Brighton, UK, the National Theater of London has garnered rave reviews for this season opening farce, directed by Nicholas Hytner (NT’s Artistic Director) and starring James Corden (The History Boys), in which sex, food and money are high on the agenda. “One of the funniest productions in the National’s history,” says the Daily Telegraph. Watch for announcements throughout the year of the additional broadcasts in the National’s third season!
“the feel good hit of the summer”   - The Telegraph
“The National has struck gold” – The Guardian
“A classic comedy hilariously updated” -  The Times
National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Series
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Life In A Marital Institution will take place at The Music Hall Loft Friday, September 9 8pm; Saturday, September 10 7pm & 9:30pm; and Sunday, September 11 7pm. Tickets are $38.
One Man, Two Guvnors will take place Saturday, September 17 at 1pm at the Historic Theater. Tickets are $27.50; 18 and under: $15.
Tickets for both shows are on sale to members noon Saturday July 9 and to non-members noon Saturday July 23.  Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall Box Office (at the Historic Theater 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth), on the phone at 603.436.2400, or online at http://www.themusichall.org 
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts powerhouse featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners.  Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s Seacoast” – Boston Globe
About The Music Hall Loft: The Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education
Just around the corner from the Historic Theater, the Music Hall Loft is a critical extension of The Music Hall’s mission to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community. It significantly increases capacity for The Music Hall’s existing educational and community programs, and allows for creative new programming initiatives. Whether in a theater, cabaret or master classroom configuration, or arranged for a small workshop or artist reception, The Music Loft engages children, teens, and adults.  Music Hall Loft audiences experience the same fabulous programming they have come to expect at in the Historic Theater, but in a smaller more intimate setting, with gourmet food and cocktails that can be taken right to each seat.  The 125-seat theater provides deeper, richer experiences of music, theater, dance, and literature plus master classes and Explore + Learn opportunities for all ages.  Signature programs include Writers in the Loft, Live @ the Loft, and Currents@the Loft, hip programs which bring a new dynamism to Portsmouth’s cultural scene and further illuminate the city as a center for inspiration and entertainment in coastal New England. 
“The art-rich Seacoast is richer still with the opening of The Music Hall Loft.” – Portsmouth Herald

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