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Queens Community Theater Promises Diverse Fall Seasonby Mark Lord

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Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:00 am

First up is Theatre Time’s production of the rarely-performed “Splendor In The Grass,” a coming-of-age love story by William Inge that made quite an impact in its filmed version starring Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty. Here, their roles are entrusted to Sarah Marcisak and Michael Weems, with support from Kevin Ryan and Donna Marcus.

The classic drama is set in Kansas in the 1920s and features a cast of 18, under the direction of Kevin Vincent. Performances at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, located at 15-43 149th Street in Whitestone, are on October 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th, at 8 p.m. and October 3rd and 10th, at 4:30 p.m.

Early October will also see the arrival of David Auburn’s acclaimed drama, “Proof,” a validation story focusing on a young woman who has spent years caring for her mentally ill father. She has inherited his genius and is terrified she may have also inherited his insanity. Despite the subject matter, director Linda Hanson promises audiences will find much humor in the piece.

ýhe cast features Catherine Gowl, Spence Cohn, Amelia Thomure and Rick Brody. Performances by the Douglaston Community Theatre will take place at Zion Episcopal Church, located at 44th Avenue off Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston, on October 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd, at 8 p.m. and October 17th, at 2 p.m. For more information, call 718-482-3332.

“Abbie’s Irish Rose,” one of the longest-running plays in Broadway history, centers on the recent secret marriage of a nice Jewish boy and an equally nice Irish girl, both of whom fear, with good reason, the reactions from their respective fathers.

Headlining the cast are Jonathan Smith, Amie Backner and Ted Frank, under the direction of Jimmy O’Neill. Written by Anne Nichols, this nostalgic return to a more innocent age arrives courtesy of Beari Productions. Performances at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 63-70 Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village, are on October 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd, at 8 p.m. and October 17th and 24th, at 4 p.m. For more information, call 718-736-1263.

Theatre a la Carte presents “Gramercy Ghost,” described as “a light drama with comic relief,” beginning October 22nd. A love story set in Manhattan, John Cecil Holm’s play centers on three men pining after the same woman. The cast, under the direction of John Emro, includes Marilyn Mineo, Peter Stoopack and Jacob Lineberry.

Performances at the Community Church of Douglaston, located at 39-50 Douglaston Parkway, will take place on October 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th and November 5th and 6th, at 8 p.m. and October 24th, 31st and November 7th, at 3 p.m. For more information, call 718-631-4092.

Parkside Players will present “Crazy and a Half,” an evening of “six insane one-act comedies” all set in psychiatrists’ offices. Under the direction of Kevin Schwab, the cast of six will include W. Gordon Innes, Rosemary Innes and Alison Schwab.

Written by D.R. Anderson, the play will be performed at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 103-15 Union Turnpike, in Forest Hills, on November 20th, 26th and 27th and December 3rd and 4th, at 8 p.m. and November 21st and 28th, at 2 p.m. For more information, call 718-497-4922.

November will be an especially joyous month for devotees of stage musicals. Almost direct from its sensational Broadway revival run, “Cabaret” arrives in Queens via the FSF Community Theatre Group. Featuring over a dozen Kander and Ebb musical gems, the show relates the tale of an American writer who visits Berlin for inspiration just as the Nazi takeover begins and finds himself promptly falling for a carefree cabaret performer.

Under the direction of Maryellen Pierce, the cast includes Sharon Eddy, Paul Weinberg, Richard Weyhausen, Andrea Dichelle, Arthur Levy and Jean Ann Kump.

Performances at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, located at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard, in Flushing, are on November 6th, 13th and 20th, at 8 p.m. and November 7th, 14th and 21st, at 3 p.m. For more information, call 800-260-6789.

The world’s longest-running musical, “The Fantasticks,” will be performed in the Gingerbread Players’ perfectly matched jewel box of a theater, leaving audiences humming “Try to Remember” and a number of other lovely Jones/Schmidt compositions. “Romeo and Juliet” in reverse, the story finds boy and girl falling in love, thinking their respective fathers are enemies when, in fact, they have only pretended to feud to bring their offspring closer together. Trey Sandusky stars as the famed El Gallo, with Bart Haggerty as the boy and Stephanie Williams and Gayla Adkins alternating as the girl.

Direction is by Tamara Ruppart with musical direction by Ron Haggel and choreography by Jamaal Wilson. Performances at St. Luke’s Church, located at 85 Greenway South, in Forest Hills, are on November 12th, 13th and 20th, at 8 p.m. and November 14th, 20th and 21st at 3 p.m. For more information, call 718-268-6021.

The Spotlight Players will bring to life Charles Schulz’s lovable characters in the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” An ensemble cast of six, under the direction of Roger Gendron, will perform an updated version of the show, as seen recently in its Broadway revival.

Performances at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Community Center, located at 101st Avenue and 86th Street, in Ozone Park, will be on November 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 8 p.m. and November 14th and 21st, at 3 p.m. For further information, call 718-843-2837.

A major touch of nostalgia undoubtedly awaits all who attend a performance of “Romancing 2,” a show chock full of songs from a by-gone era. Under the direction of Lawrence Bloom, the cast of 22 features performers from every conceivable age group.

This musical revue, from LFB Productions in cooperation with Bay Terrace Jewish Center, will be performed at the center located at 1300 209th Street, in Bayside, on November 6th and 13th, at 8 p.m. and November 7th and 14th, at 3 p.m. For more information, call 718-428-6363

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