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Curtain Rises: The Pines gets ‘Lucky’ again

The Pines Dinner Theatre is reviving its murder-mystery comedy, “Lucky Malone’s Not So Lucky Night,” Jan. 14 - April 30.

And the Nazareth Center for the Arts has announced its first in-house production with the courtroom drama, “Twelve Angry Jurors,” Jan. 14 - 16.

“Lucky Malone’s Not So Lucky Night,” written and directed by Oliver Blatt, Pines’ artistic director, was first presented in 2016 at The Pines. Costume design is by Stacey B. Yoder.

The show is set in 1928 in Lucky Malone ’s speakeasy. Lucky has lots of money and a beautiful girl on each arm. But when an old nemesis shows up and tries to steal his club and his women, anything can happen.

The audience can take part in the story. When a dead body appears, it’s up to everyone to help figure out who is the murderer.

Colorful characters Benny Bigside, Moxie Hart, Zelda Zigglar, Motormouth Mabel and Jonny Two Times join Lucky in the music numbers on stage.

Dinner and show happen concurrently. Appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages are available for purchase ala carte. Audiences can BYOB.

The theater is following social-distancing guidelines in seating. Proof of vaccination is not required at door. Face masks are recommended for attendees when not at tables.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets: www.Pinesdinnertheatre.com; 610-433-2333

Nazareth “Jurors”:

Nazareth Center for the Arts presents its first stage show with the “Twelve Angry Jurors.”

The play contemplates the responsibilities of 12 ordinary people as they consider the guilt or innocence of a 19-year-old man accused of murdering his father.

“Twelve Angry Jurors” was written by Reginald Rose for the Emmy-winning 1954 teleplay “Twelve Angry Men,” for the CBS “Studio One” anthology television series. It was originally written for men only since it was produced in a time before women could serve jury duty. The Nazareth production includes an all-gender cast.

In the play, what seems like an open and shut case turns into a debate of ideals when one juror won’t vote to convict. The play examines the human side of the United States criminal justice system.

Paul Gerber directs the production. The cast includes Hans Howk, Nate C. Kuhns, Jill Hellwig, Crystal Fries, Jacob Rodriguez, Brian Wendt, Tatiana Torres, Rachel Van Dyke-Stipick, Laura Jimenez, Anne Robin, Dom Torres, Bailey Marie and Jennifer Snyder.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 and 15 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to attendance is required at door. Face masks are optional for attendees.

Tickets: www.nazaretharts.org

“Curtain Rises” is a column about the theater, stage shows, the actors in them and the directors and artists who make them happen. To request coverage, email: Paul Willistein, Focus editor, pwillistein@tnonline.com

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO “Lucky Malone's Not so Lucky Night,” Jan. 14 - April 30, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.