Group serves up ‘Cocktail Hour’ in Middleborough

05socalendar - Theatre One cast members rehearse their production of "The Cocktail Hour" in Middleborough. (Theatre One Productions)
Theatre One Productions
Members of the Theatre One Productions cast rehearse "The Cocktail Hour" in Middleborough.

DRINK UP Theatre One Productions presents A.R. Gurney’s “The Cocktail Hour,” a comedy of manners about a nearly extinct WASP patrician class. The play both exposes and satirizes stereotypes. As one of its characters complains of her family’s critics, “They think we’re all Republicans, superficial and all alcoholics.”

Alley Theatre, 133 Center St., Middleborough; Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-11, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m., same days the following week; $20, $18 seniors, students.

TOP TWO Pianist and music school owner Ellyses Kuan teams with cellist and biophysicist Julie Reimann to perform music by composers Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Gaspar Cassados, and Astor Piazzola in “a classical music concert for people who think they don’t like classical music,” according to Victor DeRubeis, founder of Music at Sanctuary Hall.


East Weymouth Congregational Church, 1320 Commercial St.; Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.; $15, $10 seniors, students.

05socalendar - Ellyses Kuan and Julie Reimann perform classical duets as Duo Amie in Weymouth. (Music at Sanctuary Hall)
Music at Sanctuary Hall
Ellyses Kuan and Julie Reimann.

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STAND-UP “Standup For Vets,” a night of comedy featuring Lenny Clarke and Christine Hurley, raises funds to help Veteran Services of Plymouth and Greater Plymouth Habitat for Humanity meet their goal of constructing homes for veterans in Plymouth.

Plymouth Memorial Hall, 83 Court St.; Friday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m.;

TREASURE CHAMBER Chamber music treasures from 18th-century London are performed by Ensemble Chaconne on baroque lute, viola da gamba, and English guitar. The group performs works by George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, and Johann Christian Bach.

Art Complex Museum, 189 Alden St., Duxbury; Sunday, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.; free.

05socalendar - Ensemble Chaconne performs music from the 18th Century at Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. (Art Complex Museum)
Art Complex Museum
Ensemble Chaconne.


FORTIES FUN The Vaughn Monroe Show, a swing band event, features a comedian, a 15-piece big band, a troupe of swing dancers, and a vocal group. A light menu, beer, and wine are available for purchase.

Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central St., Stoughton; Saturday, Nov. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; $35, $25 advance at

PERSONAL BESTS The South Shore Camera Club displays works by the club’s 200 members at its “Best Of” show through November and December at Milton Public Library.

476 Canton Ave.; reception Thursday, Nov. 16, 6-8 p.m.; free.

Ventress Memorial Library
Richard Udden’s book about his Vietnam War experience.

VIETNAM DECISIONS Local author and Vietnam veteran Richard Udden speaks on “The Choices We Make.” Through the lens of his Vietnam journey and back, his talk considers how particular choices shape our lives for years to come.


Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield; Wednesday, Nov. 8, 7-8:30 p.m.; free.

Also at the Ventress, Boston historian Anthony Sammarco speaks on “The History of Jordan Marsh,” the evolution of a modest Boston store into the largest retail chain in New England.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.; free.

TEA TIME A Victorian tea with scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts is on the menu at the Daniel Webster Estate.

238 Webster St., Marshfield; Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.; $20, reserve 781-834-7818.

STRING THEORY The Hampton Trio performs arrangements and original works from the baroque to modern eras on classical guitar, mandolin, and mandola.

Hingham Library, 66 Leavitt St.; Sunday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.

EASY AS PIE South Shore Locavores make apple pies to be donated, frozen and unbaked, to families served by the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse, along with baking instructions and nutritional labels.

Kingston Council on Aging, 30 Evergreen St.; Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.; register

05socalendar - South Shore Locavores make apple pies for the Greater Plymouth Food Distribution Center. (Kingston Public Library)
Kingston Public Library
South Shore Locavores make apple pies for families.

GENERALLY SPEAKING Ted Reinstein speaks on his book “New England’s General Stores” at Walpole Public LIbrary.

143 School St.; Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.;

GIFTS AND TREATS First Parish Church in Kingston will hold its annual “Silver Bells Fair” at Beal House. Highlights include one-of-a-kind gifts for under $20 and an international bazaar offering handmade goods and jewelry from around the world.

222 Main St., Kingston; Saturday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, noon–2 p.m.

SOCIAL INNOVATOR Wheaton College presents the Otis Social Justice Award to East African social entrepreneur Robert Katende, whose work inspired the film “Queen of Katwe.” His nonprofit organization, Som Chess Academy, helps youngsters in African countries realize their potential through chess by integrating principles of the game with managing the daily challenges of life.

Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College, Norton; Monday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.; free.

NOVEMBER NOVELS Plymouth’s main and Manomet branch libraries are both official write-in locations for National Novel Writing Month (

The library hosts its “Halfway There Gathering” in the Nook Road rooms of the main library, 132 South St., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m.

Also this week the 20th-century novels group discusses Larry McMurtry’s classic western “Lonesome Dove” at the Manomet branch, 12 Strand Ave., Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m.; information 508-830-4185.

CAJUN Tab Benoit brings his Cajun blues to the Spire Center. The blues musician has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade.

25 ½ Court St., Plymouth; Thursday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; $40,

05socalendar - Cajun blues performer Tab Benoit performs in Plymouth. (The Spire Center)
The Spire Center
Tab Benoit.

Also at the Spire, the Edwards Twins perform celebrity impersonations of old favorites such as Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Lady Gaga on Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m.; $45.

Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at