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Weekend Planner — Theater

  • Kevin Rhodes, music director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, serves as the opera’s conductor and musical director. <br/>JERREY ROBERTS

“Playbook,” the new show from ImprovBoston, sets out to do in 40 minutes what it takes most playwrights months, if not years, to accomplish: complete an unfinished script. The show begins with a quick-witted team of ImprovBoston actors being given the first page of a work-in-progress by an actual playwright. After reading the opening lines and casting the roles with the help of the audience, the actors must drop the script and proceed on their own, the goal being to create a full-length work that is hilarious yet consistent with the tone and style of the playwright.

“The Happier Valley Comedy Show is extraordinarily lucky to have this team as our special guests this month,”says Pam Victor of the Valley’s own improv troupe, The Ha-Ha’s. “ ‘Playbook” is a wildly popular and jaw-droppingly adept show that has rarely been seen outside Boston.”

Come early to The Arts Block, 289 Main St. in Greenfield, to enjoy award-winning soups, sandwiches and more at the new Smithsonian Cafe Chowder House Express (open 5-7:45 p.m.; bar open to 10 p.m.). $10 at the door; $7 in advance online at www.thehahasisterhood.com (click on Happy Valley Comedy Show).

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