SURVEIL THE SCENE | You can reliably see theater at the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth every weekend of the year. While most other theaters are dark for the holidays, the company open BACKGROUND CHECK, what looks to be a pretty wacky comedy that makes a farce about America’s obsession with security. Running through the 19th, G. Matthew Gaskell’s play runs tonight at 7 pm. Tickets run $12-15. 105 Marcy St. in Portsmouth, NH. 603.436.8123.