New year, new seasons: Local theater companies are kicking off 2015 with glittering reruns, romantic comedies and repertory fare, among other things. Here are four of the noteworthy openings this weekend.
See also: Charles Ives Take Me Home
Laura Norman in Grounded.
Grounded Dairy Center For the Arts January 8 through 18 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays 4 p.m. Sundays Admission: $16 to $27
Critics, including Westword's Juliet Wittman, loved this dazzling, one-woman tour de force performance when BETC first staged it last fall. And so did audiences, which is why the company is bringing it back for a short run in the new year. Laura Norman again plays the fighter pilot whose flying career is cut short by a pregnancy in this National New Play Network award-winner.
Robert Wells directs Sarah Ruhl's class comedy about a Brazilian cleaning woman who longs to be a comedian, with -- for a twist -- Brazilian-born actor Viviane Rinaldi in the lead role as Matilde, the maid who is quick with a joke. Start the year with a good laugh.
The cast of Firehouse Theater's My Way.
I Am My Own Wife January 9 through February 7 7:30 p.m. Fridays 6:30 p.m. Sundays Admission: $18 to $20 My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra January 10 through February 7 7:30 p.m. Saturdays 2 p.m. Sundays Admission: $23 to $25
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Firehouse Theater steps into 2015 with a double-feature in repertory: Greg Alan West stars as the real-life, Nazi-era German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in Doug Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning one-man show I Am My Own Wife on Fridays and Sundays, and an ensemble cast celebrates the hundredth anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth with the chronological revueMy Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, on Saturdays and Sundays; both shows run through February 7. Find a stage near you: Check out Westword's online listings for more theater and dance events for this week.
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