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December 24, 2009

The Lookout: Ringing in the new year

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 or

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

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.

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