Don't let the aging echoes of drunken New Years declarations about weight loss and chores depress you. This year, feed your mind, cultivate conversations, and laugh out loud.
Start with Phoenix Theatre's production of No Way to Treat A Lady. This revitalized, award-winning 1997 Off-Broadway play, composed by Douglas J. Cohen, is based on the book of the same name, a dark comic novel written by William Goldman in 1968 nearly a decade before he penned Marathon Man and The Princess Bride.
Kit (Rusty Ferracane) is the master-of-disguise serial killer, Christopher Williams plays Morris, the detective tracking him. Sarah (Jenn Taber) is the detective's girlfriend . . . and the killer's next victim. Seventeen catchy songs in a noir setting directed by Richard Roland showcase this ensemble's musical talent. Ferracane proved his pipes in The Music Man last year and showstopper Lisa Fogel plays five different characters.
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Jan. 30, 2011