2013-2014 – Fifteen years of Family, Friends, and Theater

The Secret of Comedy

by Michael Kimball

Directed by Jeralyn Shattuck

Performance Dates: September 6-8, 13-15, 2013


The Secret of Comedy finds mother and daughter, Emily and Carey Petrocelli, polishing their comedy routine against their best straight man, husband and father, Dave Petrocelli. When Dave wins the lottery it should a happy day, but all the money in the world can’t cure his wife’s cancer no matter how hard he tries.  Carey copes by trying to enlist her mother’s help in writing a comedy routine about death. But through it all, Emily has her own mission: to lead her family through the five stages of grief, from denial to acceptance, before she dies. But the Petrocellis are a family not easily led.

“Some of Michael Kimball’s humor is black and some of it is blue, and he shoots it at us at a whiz-bang slapstick pace that leaves us alternately laughing, squirming and gasping for breath.” – Boston Globe.

Our House

by Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Joe Klapatch

Performance Dates: Novenber 15-17, 22-24, 2013

Are news and entertainment interchangeable? A cocksure TV bigshot faced with dwindling ratings installs America’s favorite news anchor as host of a popular reality show. Meanwhile, in Middle America, a houseful of roommates bickers over high-stakes real-world conflicts: Merv doesn’t clean the bathroom; someone ate Alice’s yogurt; and the rent is long past due. When reality collides with reality TV, we find ourselves front and center in a drama that holds the nation riveted. Our House is a deliciously scathing contemporary comedy that takes on a media-obsessed culture intent on turning even the most sobering crisis into sexy entertainment. A darkly comic look at America’s obsession with “reality” television.


Sharp-Dressed Men

by G. Matthew Gaskell

Directed by Doree Austin

Performance Dates: March 7-8, 14-15, 2014 at 7:30 pm, March 9 and 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm

In this fast-paced comedy, three sons (whose parents fell in love back in high school, and now 20 years later decide to get married) are in charge of organizing the wedding.  Everything has to be perfect!  Now the wedding is only 90 minutes away, one of the brothers in monumentally hungover, another brother is having a marital, crisis and nobody picked up the tuxes. Who thought that putting the boys in charge was a good idea?

Shirley Valentine

by Willy Russell

Performance Dates: May 9, 10 at 7:30 pm, May 11 at 2:00 pm, 2014

Come experience life with Marie Cormier as she portrays her signature role, Shirley Valentine. Shirley, a middle-aged housewife stuck in a domestic rut, goes on an unexpected vacation to Greece and begins to see the world — and herself — in a new light. This production is a special bonus to the ACAT regular season. Contains adult language and subject matter.

Ticket Information: $12 Adult / $10 Students and Seniors

Reservations: 207-873-7000 or visit the online ticket agent


August: Osage County

by Tracy Letts

Directed by Michael Jinbo

Performance Dates: May 30-31, June 6-7, 2014 at 7:30 pm, June 1, 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the Weston clan reunites following the disappearance of the family patriarch, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. This major new play by two-time Tony winner Tracy Letts unflinchingly and uproariously exposes the dark side of the American family. Originally produced by Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the play received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and five Tony Awards, including Best Play. Released as a major motion picture in the fall of 2013, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin.