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Entertainment: New Pentacle Theater Schedule

Pentacle Theater

324 52nd Ave. NW, Salem

503-485-4300

* Aug. 17-Sept. 8 -- And Then There Were None (mystery). Agatha Christie's classic about a group of strangers who are knocked off one by one on an isolated island estate.

* Sept. 28-Oct. 20 -- Miss Julie (classic drama). Intense, long one-act tragedy by August Strindberg, set in 1888, explores class differences, gender roles and sexuality.

* Nov. 9-Dec. 1 -- Gypsy (musical). The ultimate "stage mother" dreams of show business careers for her daughters. Feature songs include "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses."

* Jan. 11-Feb. 2 -- The Sunshine Boys (comedy). By Neil Si-mon. Aged former vaudevilleans have to put aside their mutual enmity to reunite for a TV special.

* Feb. 23-March 15 -- The Diviners (drama). By Jim Leonard Jr. Poignant Depression-era story of a drifting preacher and a mentally disturbed boy with a gift for finding water. Each helps the other discover faith and trust.

* April 4-26 -- Original debut: Dorian - The Remarkable Mr. Gray (musical). An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Victorian horror novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. Book, music and lyrics are by Pentacle's Randy Bowser.

* May 16-June 7 -- Betty the Yeti (satire). By John Klein. A hilarious "eco-fable" set in the Pacific Northwest. Environmentalists vs. loggers conflict is interrupted by the discovery of a quick-learning Sasquatch.

* June 28-July 19 -- Doubt, a Parable (drama). By John Patrick Shanley. Gripping examination of suspicions and moral certainties at play in a catholic school in the Bronx. Won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony Award.

* Aug. 22-Sept. 13 -- Guys and Dolls (musical comedy). Upbeat classic about 1950s New York nightclub gamblers, petty criminals and the soul-saving mission doll Sarah Brown. The five-category Tony winner in 1951 is still playing, now in London.

* Oct. 3-25 -- Corpse! (mystery/comedy). By Gerald Moon. In 1936 London, a nefarious plan goes awry, leading to a brilliant combination of suspense and side-splitting fun. The New York Post said, "You may die laughing."

* Nov. 14-Dec. 6 -- Mrs. Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge (parody). By Christopher Durang. Scrooge never went on a Christmas Eve journey like this rollicking ride that parodies "Oliver Twist," "The Gift of the Magi," "It's a Wonderful Life" and more.

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