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    Improvisation Workshop

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    Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m.

    Designed to foster creativity and imagination, this Burlington Writers Workshop class helps playwrights boost their ability to imagine dialogue, character and action. at 110 Main St., Suite 3C in Burlington (map). Free; preregister at meetup.com; limited space.

    'Venus Rising'

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    Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 5 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Thursdays, Saturdays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16

    Insults, galoshes and English muffins fly as Julie and her adult daughter Cora fight for control of Julie's life in Northern Stage's world premiere production of a play by Marisa Smith. at Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. Upper Valley (map). $19-59.

    'A Doll's House, Part 2'

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    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Feb. 10

    Lucas Hnath's witty sequel to Henrik Isben's classic drama, presented by Vermont Stage, offers a complex exploration of traditional gender roles and the struggles within human relationships. at Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington (map). $29.70-33.

    National Theatre Live: 'The Tragedy of Richard the Second'

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    Thu., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.

    Simon Russell Beale is broadcast to the big screen as William Shakespeare’s Richard II, a weak monarch whose poor leadership sends his kingdom into disarray. at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Northeast Kingdom (map). $16-25.

    'The Pink Hulk: One Woman's Journey to Find the Superhero Within'

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    Fri., Feb. 8, 7:30-9 p.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

    Presented as part of the One and Only Series, New York City actress Valerie David's empowering one-person show focuses on a woman's second battle with cancer. at Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $15. Buy Tickets

    'Winter's Cocoon'

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    Jan. 24-27, 8 p.m.

    Senior Sabina Jiang's site-specific theater piece centers on a young actress involved in a complicated relationship with a director. For mature viewers. at Hepburn Zoo, Hepburn Hall, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6.

    'The Stick Wife'

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    Jan. 24-26, 8 p.m. and Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 8 p.m.

    A full-length drama by Darrah Cloud examines the people and events surrounding the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. Preshow cocktails, 7 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington (map). $17-20. Buy Tickets

    The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: 'La Traviata'

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    Wed., Jan. 23, 1 p.m.

    Soprano Diana Damrau lifts her voice as the tragic courtesan Violetta in a broadcast production of Verdi's masterpiece. at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe. Stowe/Smuggs (map). $10-17.

    Stowe Theatre Guild 2019 Season Auditions

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    Fri., Feb. 1, 7-9 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3 p.m.

    Actors vie for parts in Godspell, The Diary of Anne Frank, Mamma Mia! and A Few Good Men. at Stowe High School in Stowe. Stowe/Smuggs (map). Free; preregister.

    'Sunday in the Park With George'

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    Fri., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 2 p.m. and Mon., Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.

    SOLD OUT. Presented as the Middlebury College J-Term musical, Stephen Sondheim's award-winning play explores a fictionalized version of painter Georges Seurat. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6-20.

    'Harvey' & 'On Golden Pond' Auditions

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    Sun., Feb. 3, 4-6 p.m. and Mon., Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.

    Thespians throw their hats into the ring for roles in upcoming Valley Players productions. at Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). Free.

    Manual Cinema

    Manual Cinema

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    Wed., Jan. 30, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    A performance by Chicago-based theater company Manual Cinema is anything but canned. Part theater and part film, its work unfolds in real time as artists use old-school overhead projectors, puppets, screens, live-feed cameras, sound design and live music to tell a story. As Middlebury College’s Mahaney Arts Center director Liza Sacheli puts it in a press release, “The magic happens right before your eyes.” The Emmy Award-winning collective arrives in Vermont with its multimedia production The End of TV, which explores the Technicolor and dark sides of the American dream. Stick around after the show to meet the company members and check out the equipment. at Wright Memorial Theatre, Middlebury College in Middlebury. Middlebury Area (map). $6-22.
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