Role Players Ensemble has taken "interactive" theater to a whole new level with its upcoming show "The Matchmaker," by Thornton Wilder.

While the show opens Jan. 17 and runs through Feb. 8, at Danville's Village Theatre, single audience members might want to attend a very special Jan. 25 performance. At this showing, professional matchmaker Anni Powers will be "matching" members of the audience!

Those interested in meeting that special someone fill out surveys before the show. Matches will be made at intermission with a reception following the show at nearby Faz restaurant. Dolly Levi would be so proud.

And speaking of Wilder's esteemed matchmaker, Dolly will be portrayed by our own esteemed local actress Melynda Kiring with John Blytt as Horace Vandergelder. Eric Fraisher Hayes directs.

In addition to the special matchmaking evening, Role Players invites audiences to attend the 2 p.m. Jan. 19 performance of "The Matchmaker" and then stay for a screening of the movie, "Hello Dolly," starring Barbra Streisand, which received its inspiration from the play. The film begins at 5 p.m.

For tickets to any of the shows or special events, call 925-312-3400 or go to www.roleplayersensemble.com.

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    Lois Grandi directs Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre's production of "A Chorus Line" starring Broadway actress Meredith Patterson as Cassie, which runs Jan. 24-Feb. 9, at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave., in Pleasanton.

    Born in Concord and raised in Pleasant Hill, Patterson has appeared on Broadway as Peggy Sawyer in "42nd Street," and as Judy Haynes in "Irving Berlin's White Christmas." She has also guest starred on such television shows as "Law and Order," "The Good Wife," "Boston Legal," and "Made in Jersey."

    Call 925-931-4848 for tickets.

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