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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Don't Miss the Screwball Comedy "Fabuloso" - Ends January 31

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 "Hilarious enough to draw tears"
"A smart and engaging comedy"
"Rapid-fire dialogue and wacky situations"
"A rapid series of madcap proceedings"
- Carlisle Mosquito
Must End January 31
Two couples learn to live together in a one-bedroom apartment in the hilarious new comedy Fabuloso by John Kolvenbach.

Married for 8 years and without children, Teddy and Kate are stuck in a rut until Teddy's long-lost friend Arthur appears out of the blue. Convinced that Teddy is the only family he has even known, Arthur decides to move in, bringing his wacky fiancee, Samantha, along for the ride. Filled with humor and heart, Fabuloso is a screwball comedy that explores the meaning of family.


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Save $5

Order tickets to Black Pearl Sings! online by February 11 at www.MerrimackRep.org  and save $5 off each full priced ticket.
Enter the promo code: BPS5OFF 
Offer Expires: 2/11/10.
Cannot be combined with any other discount
30th Anniversary Season Full of Milestones and Praise
MRT Operates Fourth Consecutive Year "In the Black"

Merrimack Rep has released its Annual Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.  The report highlights the organization's artistic and financial accomplishments for the 2009-2010 Season, its 30th anniversary year, which the Company celebrated with a gala in June 2009.  The report is available to the public on the "About MRT" page of the Theatre's website or simply, click here.

Highlights of the report and the year include:
  • Unprecedented critical acclaim for Merrimack Rep artists, including eight Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, one Elliot Norton Award, and designation as the "Best Live Theatre of the North Shore."
  • Merrimack Rep sold its one millionth ticket, produced its first fully staged musical in 15 years (The Fantasticks), and produced its 200th professional production.
  • An operating surplus for the fourth consecutive year.       
  • A total of 3,548 middle school, high school and college students served through MRT's education and outreach programs, an increase of 18% over 2008.
  • 50% of the theatre's revenue coming from donations and contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies, helping to keep the theatre accessible and affordable to all.
As predicted, the current economic climate has been hard on the Massachusetts theatre community, with two major theatres closing in 2009. Thankfully, Merrimack Rep's commitment to fiscal responsibility coupled with artistic excellence has kept the theatre in a strong position going forward. The Merrimack Rep Board of Trustees and the theatre's staff, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Towers and Executive Director Tom Parrish, are committed to ensuring that the Theatre continues to thrive, even during these challenging times, and will be around to serve the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire region for generations to come.  While still in the middle of its 2009-2010 season, Merrimack Rep is already hard at work planning its 32nd season of providing high quality, affordable theatre for audiences in the Greater Merrimack Valley. The 2010-2011 season will be announced in April.

Thank you to all who made the 2008-2009 Season a great success!
by Frank Higgins
February 11 - March 7, 2010

A search for lost African-American folk music leads Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" for the Library of Congress, to Pearl, a woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit and an incredible history. After meeting Pearl in a Texas jail, Susannah is convinced Pearl may know a song rare enough to earn her a teaching job at Harvard, a post denied to her thus far because of her gender. Pearl has dreams of her own, and hopes her songs will be her ticket out of jail for a reunion with her long-lost daughter.  Featuring many beloved American folk songs and spirituals - like "This Little Light of Mine," "Troubles So Hard," "Kum Ba Yah" and "Pay Me My Money Down" - the legacy of the past clashes with their hopes for the future, as they journey to find their way out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

"Moving, funny and intellectually compelling." - Houston Press

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Read the press release or click here to view artist bios.
Stay tuned to our YouTube channel and blog for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Black Pearl Sings!

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR Black Pearl Sings!:

Pay What You Will NightFebruary 11 at 7:30PM
Director's DialogueFebruary 11 at 7:30PM
Lowell NightFebruary 13 at 8PM
Opening Night - February 14 at 7PM
Cookie MatineeFebruary 17 at 2PM
Post Show Forums - February 18, 25 and March 4 at 7:30PM

 Purchase Tickets Online at
or Call 978.654.4MRT

Black Pearl Sings! is sponsored in part by the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 2009-2010 season is sponsored by Lowell Cooperative Bank
For tickets or more information, visit
or call 978.654.4678
Photo Credit:: Rebecca Harris, Amy Kim Waschke, Ed Jewett and Jeremiah Wiggins. Photo by Meghan Moore.
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