‘Time Remembered’ Next For IRC

French dramatist and playwright Jean Anouilh’s wonderfully dotty and beautiful Time Remembered (Leocadia) opens the IRC’s 12th season in Philadelphia, continuing the mission of presenting and illuminating seldom-produced works by absurdist authors and their forebears.
An exquisitely-textured French confection containing a tasty bite of the absurd, Anouilh spins a romantic tale of a lovesick prince, his ill-fated romance and the lengths to which the Duchess (his Aunt, a “formidable old boot”) will go to keep the memo ries of his love alive. The Duchess hopesthat the sight of a naïve milliner- who bears an astonishing resemblance to the Prince’s late paramour – will persuade the Prince to transfer his affections from the dead to the living.
Time Remembered will preview Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm, will open Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 at The Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5. The show will continue Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:30 pm through March 4. Tickets are $15 – $25. For more information visit  www.idiopathicridiculopathyconsortium.org.
Considered one of Anouilh’s pink plays – (pièces roses) — comedies where fantasy dominated amidst a fairy tale atmosphere, Time Remembered first delighted London and Broadway audiences in 1957 starring Richard Burton, Susan Strasberg and Helen Hayes.
The IRC’s fresh interpretation is helmed by Jack Tamburri, and features IRC regulars Paul McElwee, Bob Schmidt and Tina Brock along with Ashton Carter, Corinna Burns, Thomas Robert Irvin and Katherine Perry. Lighting design is by Maria Shaplin, set and costume design by IRC associate artistic director Erica Hoelscher. Liz Atkinson will design sound and compose original music for the production.

‘Sensitive Guys’ at InterAct

Lauded playwright MJ Kaufman’s skewering play SENSITIVE GUYS, presented by InterAct Theatre Company as the second show of their 30thAnniversary Season, uses the “safe spaces” of a small liberal arts college, and the passionate yet naïve students who inhabit them, to explore pitfalls that lurk on the path toward undoing institutionalized patriarchal norms. This prescient piece, though developed a few years ago through InterAct’s Core Playwrights program, speaks directly to the current cultural moment with humor, biting insight, and hopeful compassion.

SENSITIVE GUYS takes place on the campus of a small liberal arts college where a pair of extracurricular programs, the student-led Men’s Peer Education Group and women’s Survivor Support Group, work together on an ambitious plan to unlearn sexism and totally eradicate all sexual violence everywhere within just five years. Everything seems to be on track – until an incident throws all their ideals into question. Beginning as a satirical look at hyper-progressivism and modern gender tropes, the play casts a long shadow, asking what change might actually be possible when complicity is assured—intentionally or inadvertently—in the monolith of male-dominated society.

Kaufman’s play runs January 19 – February 11, 2018 at InterAct (opening January 24) and will be directed by Evren Odcikin.  The cast features an ensemble of local artists including Barrymore Award-winner Bi Jean Ngo, as well as Emily Lynn, Maggie Johnson, Lexie Braverman and Brett Robinson. Performances take place in the Proscenium Theatre at The Drake, located at 302 S. Hicks Street in Center City Philadelphia.  Tickets cost between $25-$40 and are available online at interacttheatre.org, at the box office at boxoffice@interacttheatre.org, or by phone at 215-568-8079. Limited “INTER-HALF” half-price tickets are available after January 25 and must be purchased the same day and in-person at the box office (credit card fees apply).

Special Performances:

During the run, InterAct will present further post-show audience conversations. Coffee Conversations occur on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, featuring informal discussions with the artists and complimentary coffee from Rival Bros. Coffee and treats from Insomnia Cookies. Other evenings feature Audience Discussions after performances during the run (beginning January 26). These will be facilitated by local community members to foster conversation connecting the play to the larger community.

InterAct is also pleased to continue Parents’ Day Out!, a new initiative for theatergoing patrons with children. During the matinee on Sunday, February 4, InterAct will provide theatre-themed childcare at The Drake during the performance, allowing parents and guardians to see the show without worrying about the price or logistics of babysitting.

To engage the community further, InterAct will be offering an open captioned performance on Sunday, February 4 and a Spanish captioned performance on Friday, February 9.

Community Arts Center’s annual ‘Abstraction’ exhibition

Community Arts Center’s annual Abstraction exhibition featuring compositions by the CAC Abstract Workshop runs through January 27  in the Duke Gallery at 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA. The exhibit features work by Abstract Workshop Coordinator Nancy Markezin and members Debs Bleicher, Trina Brand, Wayne Brown, Elizabeth Burke, Jeannie Cammarota, Rose Marie Cunniffe, Patricia Davis, Laura Demme, Judy Fowler, Marge Gillis, Roslyn Hansen, Fran Sullivan House, Mary McCollum, Kathy McLamb, Rochelle Myers, and J. Rossi. Admission to the exhibition and the reception, taking place on January 14  from 2 – 4 p.m., is free and open to the public.  Receptions for the work of CAC faculty members Bridget Hughes and Lucy Edwards in the Lounge Gallery, Justin Benn on the BeaDazzle Wall plus 3D art by students of Bridget Hughes and 2D art by students of Matiko Mamaladze in the Stairwell Gallery will also take place on January 14. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Abstraction exhibition includes paintings by CAC’s Abstract Workshop, a group of artists with varied and innovative bodies of work, who explore abstract concepts using a variety of techniques and mediums. The Abstract Workshop is one of several open studio groups at Community Arts Center that offer experienced artists the opportunity to create and connect with like-minded artists on a weekly basis.  Other open studio groups include watercolor, mixed media, jewelry and the ceramics associate program.  Artists interested in participating should contact the CAC to find out more information.

For more information or driving directions, contact Community Arts Center at 610-566-1713, online at www.communityartscenter.org.

Colonial Playhouse presents ‘Born Yesterday’

Colonial Playhouse opens 2018 with the classic comedy, “Born Yesterday” by Garson Kanin, directed by R Bruce Warren and LeAnne Mangano. The show was first produced at Colonial in 1950, after one of the longest runs in theatrical history.

Egotistical junk-man Harry Brock has come to a swanky Washington hotel to make crooked deals with government big-wigs, bringing along his showgirl mistress Billie Dawn.

When Billie’s ignorance becomes a liability, he hires journalist Paul Verrall to educate her. In the process of learning, Billie Dawn realizes how corrupt Harry is and begins interfering with his plans.

Cast:

Harry Brock……………………...Stephen Kelly
Billie Dawn……………………..…Joy Weir
Paul Verral………………………..JP Timlin
Ed Devery…………………………Ed Mark
Eddie…………………….…………Chris Moran
Senator Norval Hedges………James Hulme
Mrs. Hedges……………………..Catherine Fallon
Helen, Maid #2…………………..Erin Marie Friel
Maid #1, Manicurist…………….Ally Batot
Assistant Manager, Barber……Andrew Wales

Performances are January 19-February 3
Fridays & Saturdays: 8 pm ($15)
Sunday Matinees: 2 pm ($13)

For tickets or directions to the theatre, visit  colonialplayhouse.net.

Next for Hedgerow Theatre: ‘The Boogie-Woogie Radio Hour’

Hedgerow Theatre turns the calendar back to the year 1948 and lets audiences tune in to Radio WBGW, the biggest little radio station the biggest small town in Texas. The 10th Anniversary LIVE Radio Production is the hottest ticket in town, the high school gym is bound to be full to the brim and everyone it town is buzzing with excitement! There’s even a big name Star scheduled to perform! But what happens when that big name gets re-routed at the last minute? Will the anniversary celebration come to a screeching halt disappointing everyone? Who could possibly save the day?
Find out by attending the musical revue, “The Boogie Woogie Radio Hour,” created by former company members Sarah Gafgen and Carl Smith and current company member Shaun Yates.

“The premise of the piece is that a small, scrappy radio station recruits a big New York troupe to join them for their first broadcast for a live audience and when things don’t work out exactly as planned everyone has to work together,” said co-creator Gafgen.

“This show will have lots of fun, our goal is to bring lots of memories of these great classic songs and give the audience lots of opportunity for belly laughs,” said Gafgen, “this is a fusion of a classic radio play and a musical review, hopefully with some fun surprises.”

Featuring classic standards like “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Sentimental Journey,” “What’ll I do,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Count Your Blessings,” and of course “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

“This show is a chance to turn back the clock to radio’s heyday with a few unexpected twists along the way,” said Gafgen.

The first performance of Boogie Woogie Radio Hour is Thursday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. There will be a Wednesday matinee on January 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. and the show signs off Sunday January 28, at 2 p.m.

Performances are Jan. 10-28. For tickets ($20) and showtimes, visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org.
Hedgerow Theatre is at 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA 19063

‘Morning’s at Seven’ at People’s Light

A stellar ensemble of People’s Light veterans, including some of the most celebrated actors in Philadelphia, brings to life Paul Osborn’s classic American comedy, Morning’s at Seven. In a small, Midwestern town, four close-knit sisters and their husbands confront long-held secrets and simmering tensions that threaten to upend the status quo. Artistic Director Abigail Adams directs this charming tribute to family dysfunction in which “the relationships are ultimately as universal as the humor” (Los Angeles Times). Morning’s at Seven plays on the Steinbright Stage in Malvern from January 10 through February 4, 2018.

“We’ve been waiting years to do this play and now its time has come!” says director Adams.  “The cast of Morning’s at Seven comprises nine actors, all of whom have deep connections to People’s Light. They’ve played each other’s wives, husbands, parents, brothers, sisters, in-laws, children, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and enemies over decades. After working together so many times they know how each other thinks. And in each other’s company, they become vulnerable, brave, and often hilarious.

“These connections shape this production,” Adams says. “Morning’s at Seven tells the story of an aging, tightly-knit family whose members struggle with roads not taken and their complicated love for one another. Given our long histories, it’s pretty close to the bone for those of us working on it.”

Four actresses play the sisters at the heart of the story. Carla Belver is Esther Crampton, Alda Cortese plays Ida Bolton, Janis Dardaris appears as Aaronetta Gibbs, and Marcia Saunders is Cora Swanson. Three actors play their husbands. Peter DeLaurier is Theodore Swanson, Stephen Novelli plays Carl Bolton, and Graham Smith is David Crampton. In addition, Pete Pryor plays son Homer Bolton, and Teri Lamm appears as his fiancée, Myrtle Brown.

Morning’s at Seven previews begin on Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm and run through Friday, January 12. The play opens on Saturday, January 13 at 8pm and runs through Sunday, February 4.

Standard single tickets start at $39. For tickets, call the Box Office at 610-644-3500. Special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

$29 Community Night tickets are available to the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday preview performances on January 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30pm.

People’s Light Steinbright Stage is at 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355

One Act Festival at Barnstormers is Jan. 26-27

Danny Dulac and Ruth Brittain rehearse the short play “Scarecrow” by Margie Royal, part of Barnstormers One Act Play Festival, Jan. 26-27, 2018.

Barnstormer Theatre will present its annual One Act Play Festival, featuring a variety of short plays. Help select the two productions that will move on to PACTFest 2018. Performances are Friday and Saturday evening, 8-10 p.m., Jan. 26-27. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at https://barnstormerstheater1.ticketleap.com/

The Barnstormers is located at the corner of Ward and Tome Streets in Ridley Park, PA. To obtain driving directions, the exact address is:  402 Tome St, Ridley Park, Pa 19078

 

Free Guided Tour at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Walk with the Curator Tour: Berries, Bark, and Buds

Date & Time:                   Thursday, January 18, Noon to 1 pm

Cost:                                 Free & open to the public

Location:                          Departs from the Scott Arboretum Offices

Special Notes:                  Tour is canceled in inclement weather

Join Mary Tipping, Curator and Plant Recorder of the Scott Arboretum, for an in-depth look at berries, bark, and buds through the eyes of the person responsible for curating the collection.

The tour is designed for beginner gardeners and experts alike. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum Offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, please call the Scott Arboretum Offices at (610) 328-8025.

Wayne Brown is the featured artist at Media Arts Center and Gallery, Jan. 4-Feb. 3.

Wayne Brown is the featured artist at Media Arts Center and Gallery, Jan. 4-Feb. 3.

Artist Wayne Brown has been an independent thinker for more than 50 years.  Since his high school days at Penn Charter, Brown has approached his art with the knowledge that it takes thought, discerning skill and a fair amount of sweat to create a work that truly reflects that thinking.  The Media Arts Center and Gallery will host an exhibition by this skilled guest artist January 4 to February 3 featuring Brown’s paintings, wall sculptures and prints.

Inspired by landscapes, cityscapes, florals and portraits, Brown also turns to music to inform his work.  He includes composers Mahler, Shostakovich, Wagner, Stravinsky among his favorites. Brown is a big fan of the Philadelphia Orchestra, grand opera and even jazz.

Wayne Brown’s early paintings were primarily oils, but he now he works in acrylics as well. In recent years he has been focusing on representational and abstract paintings and wall sculptures. He says his process is to first concentrate on composition, then thru trial and error, get the colors he wants, working until he is satisfied.

Brown’s works can be seen at the Hedgerow Theatre, Delaware County Community College, Valley Forge Towers and in many private collections.  His training was at PAFA, Tyler, Universtiy of the Arts, Chautauqua, and several art centers. He is a member the Community Arts Center’s abstract workshop.  His wife, Elisabeth Jonnson Brown is a weaver and designer.

A consistent prize winner Brown’s honors from the past decade include:

First Prize, Community Arts Center – Members Show for an acrylic abstract 2016

Third Prize, CAC above juried art show for a wall sculpture  2016

Merit Award, Delaware Valley Art League, for an acrylic abstract, 2011

Merit Award, Delaware Valley Art League, for a representational barn painting, 2011

Third Place, Community Arts Center, Wallingford, for above painting, 2010

First Prize, Community Arts Center, for a cityscape wall sculpture , 2008

Third Place, Art League, for a wall sculpture (same as above),  2008

Wayne Brown At MAC January 4 to February 3, 2018  Opening reception: January 13, 4pm to 6pm.  Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4pm to 7pm

Media Arts Council 609-B W. State Street, Media, PA 19063.  For more information visit www.mediaartscouncil.org

 

Forge Theatre opens 2018 with ‘The 1940’s Radio Hour’

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville is proud to present a Greg Morton directed holiday musical – The 1940’s Radio HourThe 1940’s Radio Hour is a play with music by Walton Jones, special arrangement by Samuel French.

Starting January 5, 2018 the show will run for three weekends to Jan. 21 – on Friday and Saturday evenings, curtain will go up at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Prepare for a rousing two hours of back’n’forth, Abbott & Costello-like comedic shenanigans in a radio station mixed with everyone’s favorite songs of the holidays in the 1940s. The play portrays the final holiday broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York radio station WOV in December 1942 including old-time sound effects. The variety of characters, including the cantankerous stage manager and the bumbling drunk, will tug at your heartstrings as they prepare for their Christmas broadcast to the soldiers overseas during WWII.

Forge Theatre is at 241 First Ave., Phoenxixville, PA For tickets, visit www.forgetheatre.org or call 610-935-1920.