A century ago a German playwright named Carl Sternheim wrote a ribald comedy satirizing the manners and aspirations of the rising bourgeoisie. Ninety years later, the actor, comedian and serious writer Steve Martin, took Sternheim’s play — Die Hose — and adapted it into an equally raunchy farce, The Underpants, which is serving currently the season opener for Long Wharf’s C. Newton Schenck III Theatre. As directed by Gordon Edelstein, "The Underpants" is a frothy and enjoyable piece of theater, if not a memorable one. It has good permances, a great set, and delightful period costumes including a variety of bloomers that would put Victoria’s Secret to shame.
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...
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.