by Rachel Swan
A desperate spate of press releases, video blogs, and pleas for money weren't enough to save Concord's venerable Willows Theater, which will close at the end of this month after thirty years in operation. Director Richard Elliott blames declining ticket sales and scant donor funding -- both symptoms of the economic recession -- for the theater's imminent demise. In a press release e mailed earlier today, he called it a "painful decision." The theater's current production, Barefoot in the Park, will run through November 8 as scheduled. After that, the lights go out.