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'Off Nights' offers bonus for Sierra Stages fans

Sierra Stages has announced a series of three informal play readings at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley. Entitled “Off Nights at the Off Center,” the series includes the plays “The Real Inspector Hound” by Tom Stoppard Tuesday, “The Cripple of Inishmaan” by Martin McDonagh Nov. 7 and “Painting Churches” by Tina Howe Nov. 14. All three play readings begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but contributions are welcome.

In “The Real Inspector Hound,” two mediocre theater critics come to the remote Muldoon Manor to review a murder mystery in which the lines between reality and the stage begin to blur.

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” is an Irish-gothic folktale about an orphan who longs to escape the Aran Islands village where his gossipy, hardhearted neighbors know him as Cripple Billy.

In “Painting Churches,” Maggie Church, a successful portrait artist living in New York, comes home to Boston to help her parents pack up their Beacon Hill residence and move to a cottage on Cape Cod.

Tickets will be available at the door, on a first-come, first-served basis for each play reading. Please note that seating at the Off Center Stage is limited. Off Center Stage is at 315 Richardson St., Grass Valley.

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The Union Updated Oct 26, 2012 08:18AM Published Nov 1, 2012 10:05AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.