Jeffrey Hatcher's "Mrs Mannerly," currently on stage at TheaterWorks Hartford, is billed as “an uproarious comedy.” The autobiographical portrait of 10-year-old Jeffrey’s eight week stint in an etiquette class while growing up in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1967, is certainly highly entertaining, but it also has an underlying message that bears attention today. The show is filled with raunchy humor, language and sight gags, but it is also infused with Hatcher’s innate kindness and empathy, which he attributes to the real Mrs Mannerly of his childhood, upon whom this play is based. The TW Hartford production is definitely worth a drive to the state capitol.
Time is running out to make donations to Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month and when Piper last checked out the drop-off box at The Newtown Bee, it was a long way down to the several cans of food at the bottom. Items for the Newtown Animal Control Center are being received until November 1, any time the office at 5 Church Hill Road is open.
FAITH Food Pantry has relied on the kindness and support of Newtown residents and even a few businesses for more than three decades. The pantry, situated in the undercroft of St John’s Episcopal Church on Washington Avenue, earlier this year observed its 30th anniversary of of providing food to residents who need a hand putting meals on their table. In June, food pantry co-organizers report they were providing food for nearly 5,000 meals per week. Volunteers plan for three meals per day per family member. Earlier this month, Women Involved in Newtown became the latest local group to offer an ongoing donation to the food pantry, which also provides toiletry items for many of its clients. WIN has arranged to have a small basket placed inside the Newtown Starbucks store, and it was quietly put into place a few weeks ago.
Witches were more concerned about candy than casting spells, and super heroes, monsters, butterflies and bumble bees shared tables to eat pizza Thursday, October 24, as dusk fell over Dickinson Park. Again this year the Parks and Recreation Department offered hayrides and threw a Halloween party for young children.
Dressed as the Cookie Monster, Jake Ragan and his sister Riley, a corduroy bear, played games set up under the pavilion. Connor Child wore a cowboy hat, long duster, and red bandana to complete his outfit. Ava Carlson took her inspiration from Broadway and dressed in a red dress and vibrant red wig as orphan Annie. Around her were several butterflies and quite a few firemen and young Supermans.
Collection times have been set for this Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, for the Great Pumpkin Challenge.
This is the third year Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at 14 Main Street, and offer a suggested donation of $5. Drop-off hours are between 10 am and 5 pm both days...
Growing up in a household influenced more by comedy than music, Steve March-Tormé says that he surprises people when he confides that in his youth, he spent a lot more time with Buddy Hackett than Buddy Rich. These days Today, March-Tormé keeps busy performing music in a number of different configurations including with his own trio and quartet, in two different symphony pops formats; and he hosts an afternoon drive time radio show in Wisconsin. He has three shows scheduled for early November in Connecticut, including a November 8 stop at The Ridgefield Playhouse.
For its final production of the season Westport Country Playhouse has chosen a 1937 work by the team of John Murray and Allen Boretz. According to Director Mark Lamos, "Room Service," which ran for 500 performances and was then made into a film starring the Marx Brothers, is a classic American comic farce, and a fitting way to close out the year. If you’re a fan of the “Let’s put on a show / The show must go on!” genre, you should enjoy this one.