Laughing into the new year
Comedian Tim McIntire headlines a New Year's Eve night of cocktails, dinner, laughter and dance on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Mission Oak Grill, 26 Green St., Newburyport.
McIntire, whose latest CD is "Scatterbrain," will be joined on the bill by Sal Votano. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for cocktails, followed by dinner at 8:30, comedy at 9:30, then dancing and a midnight champagne toast.
Tickets are $80, $75 for those reserving tables. Call 978-463-9009 or visit www.ScampsComedy.com or www.MissionOakGrill.com.
Over in Haverhill, Newburyport's Jessica Plante will be part of a New Year's Eve lineup hosted by Amy Tee on Thursday, Dec. 31, at Maria's Family Restaurant, 8 Locust St., Haverhill.
Plante is a relative newcomer to Boston comedy. She has a background in improv comedy, performing at the Cambridge-based Improv Boston.
The show will also feature Dave Rattigan and Mike Prior. Doors open at 7 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres. The comedy starts at 8:30, followed by dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $25. Call 978-521-1472 or visit www.Mariasfamilyrestaurant.com.
Adult comedy at the Playhouse
After a successful run this fall, the adult comedy "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" returns to Amesbury Playhouse to cap off 2009 and lead off 2010.
The play by Alan Ball, the writer behind the film "American Beauty" and producer of the HBO TV shows "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood," spotlights five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids who hide out during a wedding reception, each with her own reason to avoid the celebration. They come to realize, among other things, that despite their differences, they have more in common with each other than they do with the bride.
The show is on stage at the theater at 194 Main St. in Amesbury on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 8:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7; as well as Saturday, Jan. 9, and Sunday, Jan. 10.
It will also be featured as part of a New Year's Eve Spectacular at the theater. The night begins at 6:30 with a cocktail hour and appetizers. Dinner will be served at 7:30, followed by the performance at 9. The celebration will end with a champagne toast and party favors at midnight and dancing until 2 a.m., with DJ Ed McGee supplying the music. Tickets are $65.
For reservations or information, call the Playhouse at 978-388-9444 or visit www.amesburyplayhouse.com.
A Sacred Circle New Year's Eve
Light up the night this New Year's Eve at the eighth annual Sacred Circle Dance with Ellen Kennedy. The fun goes from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Dec. 31, at Belleville Congregational Church hall, corner of High and Chapel streets, Newburyport.
Welcome the new year in dance, song, ritual and meditation. Kennedy will be joined by musical intuitive Deirdre Drennen, Bonnie Faith, White Owl Warrior and soul-centered guided meditation. Refreshments will be provided by The Dragonfly Bakers of the Odonata Ecovillage. No experience is necessary; each dance will be taught.
Admission is $15, and reservations are requested. Call Kennedy at 978-465-8604 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-New Year's puppet fun
Lesley Smith's Theatre of Life Puppets starring Sammy Snail comes to The Actors Studio at The Tannery in Newburyport on Wednesday, Dec. 30, for two shows, at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
The ventriloquist combines music and comedy in the show geared at children in prekindergarten through fifth grade. Tickets are $7; a 10 percent discount is available for families. For more, call the theater located at 50 Water St. at 978-465-1229 or visit www.sammysnail.com.
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