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.
One year ago, longtime friends Patrick Kearney and Mary Edelman Wilson opened Queen Street Gifts and Treats in their hometown. To celebrate their first anniversary in business, Mr Kearney and Ms Wilson will be hosting a Meet The Artists Day at their store, at 3 Queen Street in Newtown. The celebration will run from 10 am until 3 pm and will include visits from painter Jim Chillington, Town Historian Dan Cruson, jewelry designer Lauren Frazier, and a special guest whose work is about to be featured in the shop.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut Foundation will be hosting an open house on Wednesday, November 6, from 5 to 7 pm, at its Newtown location at 127 South Main Street. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation and how to get involved. Guests will also be witness to a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Fire Selectman Pat Llodra. Drinks and appetizers will be available. The event is free, and all are welcome. It is being co-hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Newtown.
The Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue Company Ladies Auxiliary is looking for new members. To introduce themselves to the community, and to answer questions about their work, the auxiliary will host an open house on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 pm. After a brief business meeting, members will introduce themselves to guests and explain their role as a support group for the fire company.
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. According to biographer Scott Yanow, March-Tormé actually avoided singing jazz for a long time so he could escape the huge shadow of his father. He actually did not grow up with his father, the entertainer Mel (“The Velvet Frog) Tormé, since his parents were divorced when he was two.
Cyrenius H. Booth Library will host a Tellabration! storytelling event for families on Friday, November 8, at 7:30 pm. Tellabration! is annual event, made up of dozens of storytelling happenings all over the world. Its purpose is to introduce adults, as well as children, to the art of oral storytelling. It is one of the programs offered by The Connecticut Storytelling Center, based at Connecticut College in New London. Storytellers Meris Palmer and Martha Bishop will perform at the Newtown Tellabration! this year.
Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, violinist and author Julie Lyonn Lieberman of Newtown felt she had to do something positive when she saw a sign created by a fellow town resident: “There is no foot so tiny that it can’t leave an imprint on this world.” A December 1 string concert at Newtown Congregational Church featuring Mark O’Connor, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Bruce Molsky, Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Laraaji Venus, Brian Torff, the Norwalk Youth Symphony under the direction of Richard Brooks, and Donna Hebert with her group Mist Covered Mountains, will kick off a month of cross-country string concerts meant to shine love and light on Newtown throughout December.
Town Players of Newtown is closing out their 2013 season with Veronica’s Room by the renowned playwright Ira Levin. The chilling mystery thriller will open Friday, November 8, at The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road. Written by the author of Deathtrap and Rosemary’s Baby, Veronica’s Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. The production will run November 8-30, with curtain at 8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm matinees on Sundays, November 17 and 24.
The Newtown Historical Society will host an open house at its headquarters, The Matthew Curtiss House, on Sunday November 10. During the open house, visitors will learn what tape looming is from Reggie DeLarm of Torrington. Ms DeLarm will demonstrate tape while discussing who traditionally performed the looming and what they would have been used for. The public is invited to visit and tour the building at 44 Main Street any time between noon and 4 pm. Junior and senior docents will be available to answer questions about the house and its history, as well as provide guided tours by request.
Newtown children up to age 9 are invited for Newtown Parks & Recreation’s annual Halloween Pizza Party at Dickinson Park. This year’s party is scheduled for Thursday, October 24, from 4:30 until 6:15 pm. Costumes are definitely encouraged. There will be Halloween games and fun, and the party will end with a spooky hay ride.