‘Rumors’ has it

Charlie and Myra are having a party. But when the guests arrive, Charlie appears to have tried to kill himself. But has he?

Rumor has it that Neil Simon wrote this — his first farce —  strictly for laughs. And 31 years after “Rumors” debuted in 1988, it’s still getting them. 

This weekend, you can get in on the laughs when the North Shore Players of Danvers present the play Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Hogan Regional Auditorium, 450 Maple St., Danvers.

Tickets are $15 and $20, available at the door or online at www.northshoreplayers.org.

Amazing Aretha

“Amazing Grace,” a 1972 concert film due to soar from the screen of Beverly’s The Cabot next week, returns us to Aretha Franklin’s roots as a gospel singer with a God-given genius.

The making of the Grammy-winning album was filmed at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles by Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack, but due to technical issues was never released until now.

The film plays Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $9.75 and $11.75, available at www.thecabot.org.

Painting the town

The 11th annual Salem Arts Festival kicks off this Friday with a free reception at 7 p.m. at Old Town Hall. It’s the first in a showcase of free events lasting through Sunday, June 9, in the heart of Salem, where 200 artists come together for on-site art-making.

Local artisans sell their creations, a juried art exhibit is open to all, an eco-friendly art installation and murals pop up, and performers are live in Derby Square and on Front Street.

In bad weather, outdoor events move indoors. For more information, visit www.salemartsfestival.com

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