• Local theatrical productions for October

COMPILED BY EMMALEE C. TORISK | METRO MONTHLY STAFF WRITER

THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Spotlight Arena Theater, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. University Theater will present its main stage performance of Anton Chekhov’s timeless, bittersweet comedy/drama “The Cherry Orchard” from Oct. 4-14. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. $10 (adults), $5 (seniors, YSU faculty and staff, high school students and college students from other universities, Penguin Club members and YSU alumni), free (YSU students with valid ID).

THE NORMAL HEART, Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-746-0404. Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning “The Normal Heart” was the first drama presented by the Oakland 26 years ago. Now, some of Youngstown’s best actors — who have cumulatively won more than a dozen awards for their local theater work — have gathered to take part in this production, which centers on the sexual politics of New York during the early AIDS crisis. The show runs Oct. 5-6 at 8 p.m. $15 (adults), $12 (seniors), $10 (students).

ON GOLDEN POND, Stage Left Players, Outreach Center, 234 E. Lincoln Way, Lisbon; 330-424-5093. Ethel and Norman Thayer are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. They’re visited by their middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who leave his teenage son behind for the summer. Join the Stage Left Players to see what this summer on Golden Pond has in store. The show runs Oct. 6-14. Saturday performances begin at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. Inspired by a true story and written in the structure of a Greek tragedy, “The Women of Lockerbie” is a drama about a group of women who want to convert an act of hatred into an act of love. The show runs through Oct. 6. $17 (adults), $14 (seniors and students), $10 (children).

DINNER WITH THE ADDAMS, Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. The Addams are hosting a dinner party at Top Hat Production’s Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, and you’re on the guest list for a musical celebration of family, ancestors and new friends. The show runs Oct. 12-27; performances are at 6:30 p.m. $27.50.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Kent Trumbull Theatre, 4314 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren; 330-675-8833. Directed by Jim Canacci, this production of Oscar Wilde’s classic play follows the story of two young gentlemen living in 1890s England who have started bending the truth in order to put excitement into their lives. The show runs Oct. 12-14 and 19-21. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m. $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students), $6 (children under 12).

THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players will present Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Mask of the Red Death,” which tells the story of a violent disease that is ravaging the countryside, from Oct. 12-28. The opening night audience will be treated to a wine and cheese reception prior to the performance, and two midnight shows will be offered (Oct. 20, Oct. 27). $10 (adults), $8 (seniors and students).

POSTMORTEM, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. “Postmortem,” a thriller by Ken Ludwig, tells the story of William Gillette, a famed actor and playwright, who invites cast members to his Connecticut River castle for an entertaining weekend. However, he didn’t anticipate a murder plot against him. The show runs Oct. 19-Nov. 4. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.

THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. The show runs Oct. 19-28, with a special Halloween performance on Oct. 31. $17 (adults), $14 (seniors and students), $10 (children).

A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYBODY, Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., Salem; 330-332-9688. Matthew’s New Year’s resolution is to murder his wife, Julia. But Julia has different plans. Join the two for a hilarious yearlong match of the wits and the witless. The show runs Oct. 26-Nov. 4. $14 (adults), $10 (seniors), $8 (students 17 and under).

THE DELIVERY, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 330-482-9647. Presented by Crown Theater Productions, “The Delivery” is a powerful story about the crippling hold that guilt and sorrow can have on one’s life. The show runs Oct. 26-Nov. 4. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. $13 (adults), $10 (children 10 and under).

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