Entertainment briefs, Nov. 29

Bellevue troupe to produce play ‘Making God Laugh’

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present “Making God Laugh” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 7. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 8 in The Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St.

The play takes place in four scenes, each 10 years apart set at various holidays starting in 1980.

The cast includes Teri Sizemore of Norwalk as Ruthie, Rob Albach of Sandusky as Bill, Cory Lachner of Tiffin as Richard, Leslie Childers of Bellevue as Maddie and Ray Sizemore III of Norwalk as Thomas.

Written by Sean Grennan, “Making God Laugh” is co-directed by Aaron Stewart and Nancy Steyer, Tiffin. It is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts Inc. The play contains mild adult language and subject matter.

 Tickets are $15 for adults 18 and older, $10 for adults 60 and older and $5 for children/students through grade 12. Call (419) 484-2787 for reservations. 

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Holiday tunes get barbershop twist

BOWLING GREEN — The Voices of Harmony Barbershop Chorus is to perform “Sounds of the Season” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Presbyterian Church in Bowling Green. The singers are to present religious and secular holiday selections arranged in barbershop style.

Joining the chorus are the Madrigal Singers from Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green State University’s a cappella group, Ten40. Admission is a donation of paper products, personal items or detergent for the Dear Santa Society of Bowling Green. An offering also is to be collected.

To learn more, call 1(888) 741-7464. or visit www.thevoicesofharmony.org.

Once a sensation, ‘Walking Dead’ is another show

NEW YORK (AP) — At some point, a television sensation becomes just another show. The numbers illustrate how that’s become the case with AMC’s drama, “The Walking Dead.”

The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. The Nielsen company said at a similar point last year, the midseason finale reached 7.9 million people.

For the first seven episodes of the season, the show’s viewership was down 23 percent compared with last year for people who watched on the night of its premiere, and down 21 percent when people who record it and watch within three days are taken into account, Nielsen said. Increasing numbers of the show’s fans, particularly younger ones, are waiting a couple of days to see a new episode.

AMC acknowledges the drop in popularity, which hardly is unusual for television shows as they age. The network said it is hard for “The Walking Dead” to compete with the ratings standard set when it was a cultural touchstone.