Town Players premiering comedy

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PITTSFIELD — Town Players of Pittsfield is presenting the East Coast premiere of "New and Used" by Gay Monteverde this weekend and next in the Boland Theatre at Berkshire Community College's Koussevitzky Arts Center, 1350 West St.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday beginning Friday and continuing through Feb. 17.

Sunday performances will be followed by talk-backs with the playwright, whose son, John, is directing this comedy loosely based on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

"New and Used" is set in a small, hip, privately-owned bookstore where Liz, the 65-year-old proprietor (and a former activist), hosts a weekly book group for women. While her adult son designs websites and his annoying wife hosts a weekly food blog, Liz and her colorful friends (her actress sister, an organic farmer, a lesbian lawyer, an aging hippie and Liz's recently widowed best friend) meet week after week to discuss life and literature, and to drink lots of coffee.

When an attractive and wealthy land developer and his uptight financial advisor announce plans to develop the empty lot next door, the women organize to save their historic neighborhood and a battle of the sexes begins.

Ticket information is available online at townplayers.org or by phone at 413-443-9279.

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