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This week is jampacked with plays: Matchmakers, murder mysteries and musicals

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 6
  • Published February 5

That Long Damn Dark — Teenage murderers fleeing from a storage unit in rural Alabama become intertwined with New York transplants Mara and Ethan in this play directed by UAA theater major Kaeli Meno. $10-$20. 8-9:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday through Feb. 16, UAA Fine Arts Building, 3700 Alumni Drive. (

The Moth Mainstage — This storytime theater experience features true local and national stories told live and without notes. The Moth explores the line between documentary and theater. This event may contain strong language and mature themes. $33-$63. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Cyrano's Theatre Company's production of ’Emma ’ (Photo by Frank Flavin)

“Emma” — This modern take on the classic Jane Austen tale explores the romantic adventures of a mischievous young woman whose role as the “matchmaker of Highbury” gets her into trouble. $23-$25. 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday through March 1, Cyrano’s, 3800 DeBarr Road (

“Beauty and the Beast” — The classic “tale as old as time” is brought to the stage for a family friendly show. $25. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, through Feb. 22, Glenn Massay Theater, 8295 College Drive. (

NERO — U.K. theatrical dubstep artist NERO will be performing in Alaska for the first time. $30-$35. 9 p.m. Friday at Williwaw, 609 F St., and 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sitzmark in Girdwood. (

Sitka Music Festival — The Ariel Quartet will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in conjunction with their 20th anniversary during the Sitka Music Festival’s “Winter Classics.” Formed in Israel as teenagers at the Jerusalem Academy Middle School of Music and Dance, the Ariel Quartet was named recipient of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. Along with the Beethoven String Quartets, the Ariel Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Bartok, Tan Dun, and Shostakovich. $38. Friday-Sunday, UAA Recital Hall, 3700 Alumni Drive. (

Jams for Fams Neon Love Party — The “coolest dance party for families with kids” will celebrate Valentine’s Day with glow sticks, prizes and music mixed by DJ Spencer Lee. There will be professional photos, coffee and swag bags. $15-$80. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Bear Tooth Theatrepub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. (

Motley 2: Return to Alaska — Internationally touring Motley Crue tribute band Motley 2 is returning to Alaska to “take you to the top.” $15. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road (