The 50th anniversary national tour of "Hello Dolly" was presented at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown on Saturday, November 9. The title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi was performed by Sally Struthers to a packed house. Many in the audience still remembered Miss Struthers from her role as Gloria Stivic on the television series, "All in the Family." A little older, yes; but she was still able to turn on the little-girl, winsome charm her character first exhibited on the 1971 series, and her adoring audience definitely came to see.
The stage is bare, save for a high stool and a small table. Upon the table is a framed photo of a boy. The boy is standing in a boat, wearing a life jacket and swim suit, holding an oar above his head, as if in victory that he mastered the craft. That photo continues to play a role in the monologue performed and written by Martin Moran titled "The Tricky Part."
"The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" was the Old Library Theatre of Fair Lawn's final musical for the 2013 season. It was presented from October 25 through November 3 at the Fair Lawn Community Center. Based upon true events which happened in Texas, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" is set in the late 1970s in fictional Gilbert, Texas.
If Tennessee Williams had written his character, Big Daddy, as a Sicilian, and placed the action of that play during his funeral, you only begin to get the story line of "My Big, Gay, Italian Funeral" playing at the Saint Luke's Theatre at 308 West 46th Street in New York City. Like an episode of "The Bob Newhart Show" gone haywire because of its move to Sicily, or a Sicilian "You Can't Take it with You," we are bombarded by outrageous characters acting out, acting up, and freaking out before our eyes, only to be out done by the next arriving ethnic cliché.