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GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017 GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI! It's Thursday, June 1, 2017 - or, as we like to call it #TheaterThursday, "June is busting out all over..." as a song from Carousel reminds us, and there's no better way to kick off a new month than by planning our theater outings for the weekend! Tomorrow night at Cumberland County Playhouse, the company, cast and crew unveil the 2017 model of Smoke on the Mountain, which marks the 24th year of the musical playing in Crossville. Weslie Webster directs and her cast includes Daniel W. Black and Lauren Marshall as Sanders family father and mother Burl and Vera.

"I believe that when people come see the show, they don't expect to be our congregation," Daniel says. "The fourth wall (in theater terms) is gone. It's never the same show twice, and the music is definitely catchy. Playing Burl for so many years now, I find it spiritually exciting! Especially with our rotation of cast members year after year, keeps it fresh!"

ACT Like a GRRRL 2017 gets under way on Friday, June 9, and with just over a week away from that special date, Vali Forrister, producing artistic director of Actors Bridge Ensemble and co-founder of ACT Like A Grrrl offers these suggestions about how you can become involved:

1. Recruit a GRRRL!
Due toa last minute cancellation, we have ONE SLOT OPEN for this summer!
If you know a teenage girl between the ages of 12 and 18 who loves to write and perform and who wants to change the world for the better, send her this link:
https://actorsbridge.org/act-like-a-grrrl/

2. Donate to GRRRL Scholarships.
Over 50% of this summer's GRRRLS are in need of some form of scholarship. Help a young woman find her voice and speak her truth in an environment of love and support!

3. Buy Tickets to the Show.
We will have three performances: Thursday-Saturday, June 22-24 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket sales help support GRRRL Scholarships, too! Bring a friend and introduce them to the magic of the #RRRevolution.

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017 The lovely and talented Joy Tilley Perryman, the properties mistress and all-around theatrical wunderkind at Chaffin's Barn, shared some terrific rehearsal photos with us from Sister Act the Musical, which opens with us one week from today! Martha Wilkinson is shown singing her face off as Mother Superior in the show, which also stars Meggan Utech as Delores Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence and a stellar cast of actors under the direction of Bradley Moore. Call (615) 646-9977 for reservations!

This also in from the newsroom: Chaffin's Barn, A Dinner Theatre confirmed yesterday that Wilkinson will indeed play Donna in their upcoming production of Mamma Mia!, with Broadway veteran Rachel Potter cast as Sophie. We could have sworn we read it somewhere earlier...oh, that's right, we broke that news on May 12:

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Nettie Kraft's Verge Theater Company - now, before you get your panties in a considerable wad, keep in mind that we realize more people than dear Nettie are involved with Verge, we nonetheless love Nettie and always refer to Verge as "Nettie's theater company," so chill the hell out before you stick that needle into the brain of your Jef Ellis Voodoo Doll, available at your neighborhood CVS and Walgreen pharmacies and various side-of-the-road locations in the Greater Nashville area - premieres Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale at Belmont's Black Box Theatre and it's one show that we are especially excited to see. It's the story of a morbidly obese gay man and the people who surround him, including his late lover's sister and a daughter he hasn't seen in years and a Mormon missionary who just happens by one day. It seems to defy description, yet every writer who has happened upon it has made a valiant effort to encapsulate the plot in as many words as possible. Shawn Knight stars and, frankly, that's enough for us. The fact that Jaclyn Jutting is directing is just icing on the proverbial cake that will likely be consumed by the play's protagonist. Nettie Kraft, CJ Tucker, Alex Drinnen and Madeleine Yeary share the stage. We'll see you there on opening night! The Whale runs in repertory with Beneatha's Place (details about that show coming later - since we have five days a week of this stuff to feed you).

Woodbury's Arts Center of Cannon County presents its production of Peter and the Starcatcher, also opening on Friday night (we'll be there Saturday), directed by Tara Winton. The play, written by Rick Elice, is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker. Opening Friday night, June 2, it runs through June 11. Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical back story for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond. ACCC's production of Peter and the Starcatcher features Adam LaPorte as Boy and Julia Kelley as Molly. The cast also includes Justin Winton, David Cummings, Spree Star, Jeffrey LaPorte, Ted Verbeten, Ric Kinkade, Nolan Ragland, Noah Brady, Matthew Connors and Eli Ragland.

TODAY'S QUERY: How should people dress when going to the theater? Does it even really matter? Tell me what you think, gentle readers: Does it show a lack of respect for the artists who are creating theater if the audience shows up, dressed in shorts and a t-shirt blaring their support for their favorite band/beer/baseball team or political party? That was the question we put to our followers, aka our gentle readers, on our Facebook page - and, boy howdy!, did we get responses or what? Little did we know the Pandora's box of opinions that would be shared with us in the process.

Quite frankly, there was a much larger hue and cry about this particular subject than just about anything else we've ever posted! Obviously, we touched a nerve. And while we would love for everyone to dress up for whatever occasion they find themselves going to, we are not the fashion arbiter of the theater world and readily conceded audience members can well whatever the hell they so choose.

To put it bluntly, we don't have an axe to grind, no dog in this hunt, nothing wagered on the outcome - but here's how people responded (and not everyone made the cut, for whatever arbitrary editorial reason we made along the way):

Jodie Miller: Dress like you're going to a fancy event. Not black-tie, necessarily. Just nicely, and appropriate for the time of day.

Christen Heilman I feel, like anything else it depends on the show...Are you seeing a more traditional show? (My Fair Lady, perhaps?) Then dress to match. Seeing American Idiot? Unless it's an opening Gala, I certainly wouldn't wear a tux or gown. Theater in the park? Bug repellent, comfy, and a beverage! I like that theater can be both dressed up and down. Art is to be consumed and if clothes are standing in your way... Come to my closet! I got you. (Yeah, all of you!)

Sally Weatherford My age and southern upbringing would dictate that one should be nicely dressed to go out, whether to the theater or dinner or whatever. What is now called "dressy casual." No need to go in formal or semi-formal dress ... but something a tad nicer than shorts and t-shirt which is more suitable for a sporting event or backyard barbecue.

Drew Dunlop I have two ideas on this. First, I think that theatre needs to be able to reach a wide variety of people, including those who are inclined to dress that way. The fact that they are supporting theatre, especially local theatre, is the important thing. Second, I think those of us who enjoy theatre regularly would enjoy it more by dressing up and making an evening of it. As an actor, I appreciate both types of people.

Lauren Marshall I always dress up. If I wear jeans, I feel bad...but I have encountered people who wear undershirts to shows.

David Ditmore I personally dress to fit the venue - casual for some, dressier for others. But I can honestly say that if I was at a Broadway theater in NY and somebody had shorts and t-shirt on and I was dressed up - it wouldn't bother me a bit. Why should I care? I can enjoy a performance no matter how the person next to me is dressed. I don't know their story - but I can respect their choice.

Ted Verbeten First of all, no shorts or flip flops! This not a county fair. With that being said, overall I'm fine with "business casual" and above for theatre attire. This would go for matinee or evening performances.

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017 Memory Strong-Smith This is tricky. I think a lot of it depends on the venue. Certain venues it's gonna seem more like an event to go see a show there, so I imagine people who go to TPAC dress up a bit more than they do to see a show at The Darkhorse, or Lakewood, for instance. This kind of goes hand in hand with ticket price. The pricier the ticket, the more dressed up people get. It becomes an event. As Drew said, dress code can also be limiting for some folks. So, Personally, I will dress up for an "event" show more than I will to go see my friends in a show. And, I could care less what other people are wearing. I dress for me.

Conner McCabe Theatre is no longer just for the high-class. Theatre is so beautiful in that it reaches every kind of person. As long as people respect the performance, I couldn't care less what they're wearing. Theatre is about expression. Let people express however they want.

Asa Ambrister I am grateful to get people in seats, as long as they show appropriate respect during the performance by staying in their seats and remaining engaged, not talking on phones and refraining from disruptive conversations.

Rick Stewart I agree. Proper behavior is much more important than proper dress - to me anyway.

Allison Hall I personally never wear denim when I go to shows. It just feels wrong to me. As a performer, I've never been offended by someone dressed casually.

Jacob York I couldn't give a single hoot. Just show up and buy the ticket.

Joshua Waldrep I could care less what people are wearing, as long as they are there supporting the arts! I'd rather someone be comfortable in their shorts and flip-flops than uncomfortable in a dress shirt and slacks because that might distract from their focus of what's on stage. Be comfy, but don't go crazy.

Katie Earl I dress according to how much I pay for the ticket. I love getting dressed up for TPAC! When seeing someone in a hoodie, shorts and flip flops at a professional theatre such as TPAC always make me question their thought process. 'You just paid $100 for this show and you're wearing THAT???' But even for a community show where I pay $30 or less, I may wear jeans, but I'll dress them up with heels, etc. Outdoor venues you have to dress for weather. But also, to my thing about how much I paid for tix... some outdoor venues are free!

Maryanna Clarke I think that if I just paid $100 for a ticket, I should be entitled to wear whatever I choose. No? What I choose to wear to watch it doesn't make what happens on stage any better or worse.

Philip Storvik Venue, season, time of day and event dependent. Unless I'm heading to TPAC or the Schermerhorn if it's at all hot I refuse to go anything above nice shirt, shorts and sandals. I'm supporting your art, I will not sweat for it.

LaQuita James Who cares what people wear just Get them to turn the damn phones off. Seriously though I go to live theatre a lot both TPAC and community theatre. I have seen it all. I prefer business casual but don't frown on people that are casual. Theatre is about expression and reaching people thru art. If we in theatre can't be accommodating to less fortunate people who the heck will? Some people can't afford fancy clothes.

Michael Edwards It's an event. Used to be a major event...now simply clean and neat and showing an effort. Not flashy, there are still muggers...I like dressing for an event. theatre, dinner, etc.

Rachel Agee I just want people to make a little more of an effort everywhere: theaters, airplanes, restaurants...Don't wear yoga pants and tank tops to these places and don't show up looking like you're there to mow the lawn.

Maryanna Clarke Elitism keeps people away from theater. Why should it matter how one is dressed? I don't go to the theater to be judged by what I'm wearing. The groundlings wore what they wore. I'd be thrilled if people felt welcome enough in the theater to dress in a way that made them comfortable - as long as they came.

Bob Fish Yes, Maryanna! Elitist. You used the word I hesitated to. If theatre is to have any moral or cultural legitimacy at all, it must be unfettered by distinctions of class and as open and significant to as many people as possible. The same question could be asked of churches and requires the same answer.

Elizabeth Turner I think it means more to me that people spent money and time to see our show. I don't know if their schedules suddenly made them available to see a play, and that they didn't have time to go home and change. If they're attending the show and enjoying it, I couldn't care less what they're wearing.

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva Yes. It matters. Theatre isn't a cookout. It also depends on the venue itself. No matter what, Dressy Casual. A nice pair of slacks, shirt, jacket (optional). Nice skirt or dress. Then if it's a fancier venue (The Met, Buckingham Palace...) Formal Attire is expected. For these Gala Affairs, Evening Dresses, Tuxedos...But I really do think one should look presentable when out to the theatre. You didn't pay $60 and up to wear jeans and flip flops.

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017 John Mark Redding You paid the theatre to see their art, regardless of clothing.

Kenneth C Stalsworth Buying a ticket does not give the ticket holder a right to disrupt an event, and sometimes a person's lack of appropriate attire is distracting. I would prefer that those attending a performance that I am a part of would be respectful of the hard work and talent being presented. It does not need to be expensive clothing, it just needs an effort. Theater is environmental, that includes the audience members. An attitude of demanding complete comfort as an attendee carries over into other elements of the event, which is why there are so many cellphone disruptions these days.

John Mark Redding Who determines what is appropriate and respectful?

Kenneth C Stalsworth Only you can determine what you wear and if it is appropriate and respectful. But, I might suggest that if when making that determination you do not take into consideration anything but your comfort, and in your mind, you think, "to hell with what others attending the event might feel," a different form of entertainment might be considered. For me this speaks to the deterioration of audiences' behavior and attitude. And, it isn't just about under dressing either. People should not wear hats because it can obstruct another person's view. Not sitting forward in your seat if seated in the balcony because that too will obstruct a view. Turning off a cellphone. We are adults, we should know what is appropriate dress for such an event.

John Mark Redding Know what is appropriate based off of arbitrary social rules. I have immense interest and love of theatre, music, performing arts, etc...I do not feel constrained by random rules about

Grafton Thurman I don't personally take offense to casual wear but I know others don't feel the same. Usually a nice shirt is about the extent I go to.

John Mark Redding It doesn't matter. Many people can't afford expensive clothing that is seen as "nice." Also, you don't really know what the performer feels is respectful. How can you dress to meet their unknown wishes?

Michael Edwards Clean and neat doesn't equal expensive. It shows care and appreciation. Elitism is now a catch phrase for disdain. Jeans are fine but must they be torn and ripped? A clean t shirt is fine, must it tout political slurs or vulgarities? I know, old-fashioned.

Sally Weatherford The guy in the casket at a visitation doesn't know what you're wearing, either ... you dress nicely/appropriately out of respect for the venue and event. Also, to the comments that people can't afford "nice clothes," we're not talking couture here ... as Michael says, clean and neat works. Most people who are going to go to the theater very likely work ... so they've at least got appropriate work wear which would be suitable (and I'm not talking jackets and ties, just a pair of khaki pants and a shirt that has sleeves.

Katharine Boettcher As long as they are clean and fit appropriate I could care less. What I DO care about is if they think they are at the theatre or the MOVIES. I cannot stand to hear wrappers and soda cups rattling in the audience. I HATE cellphones and TALKERS! Because despite popular belief, yes, we can hear you and see you from the stage!! That is a truer sign of respect or disrespect in my mind.

Maryanna Clarke In Shakespeare's time, the groundlings were an important part of the audience. They did the era-equivalent of all of the above.

Jason Lewis As long as there are butts in seats, I don't mind what's covering them.

Deborah Rhodus Arvin For myself I do Sunday best for most every venue. But I recall a time 20+years ago when people dressed up for church and airline travel. That's kind of gone out the window. However, if I'm involved in a production, and I know how hard everyone has worked to make it happen, I'm looking for seats filled and an appreciative audience. I want my cast to feel energy in the house. We all know who generally attends the Sunday matinees, and those folks have been to church; they're typically wearing their Sunday best and are from a previous generation who dressed for everything as going out was an occasion. But they also tend to be those who are a little too "quiet" in their participation, and then my cast loses its enthusiasm. I'd much rather have a vibrant crowd even if they're not business casual.

Amanda Lamb I don't think it matters, necessarily, but I get excited when I can tell audience members treat the show like an occasion. I love the old pictures in the barn lobby with the folks dressed to the nines. That being said, I'm just glad folks make the choice to attend theatre instead of other choices for entertainment.

Tyler Samuel All I've got to say is that back in the day people were going to see Shakespeare at the Globe with pig crap on their feet, and they were going to see Mozart conduct and only had one bath that week and had the funk of death in their mouths sooo if Mozart and Shakespeare thought those folks were appropriate and were accepting applause from stinky mouth pig smelling townspeople who are we to judge. I guarantee not everything smelled of roses in the palace of Versailles.

Kathleen Jaffe For community theatre productions, I make sure I wear something clean and wrinkle-free; I'll usually even put on some eyeliner. Otherwise, I don't think too much about what I or anyone else wears. For fancier venues, I absolutely dress up, whether it's for the Symphony, the Opera, or a show. As an actress, I want asses in the seats, and I don't care what they wear - if they're engaged in the production and staying off their damn phones, that's enough to make me happy.

Jennifer Richmond My opinion has changed about this over the years. I wish it was like the 60's where people were excited about going to the theatre and it was an event. Dressing up was part of the event. That just isn't the case anymore. The only theatre I've seen non-theatre people get excited over and it maybe have the prestige it possibly had in the 60's is Hamilton.

Some others have said this and I agree that venue plays a big part and I think show does as well. I would probably be more likely to "dress up" to Gentleman's Guide where as I might wear something closer to what I'd wear to a music concert going to see Hamilton. However, I'd put as much effort into both.

The day of the week is also a factor. You can dress up more Thursday-Saturday night or if it is an opening.

For me personally, I used to dress up going to the theatre, not only because I liked it, but because I felt like it was disrespectful if I didn't since I was always dressing up. I didn't hold this to everyone, just me. If jeans and a clean shirt was as fancy as you got, then that was your respect. I have to say, this rule I used to have for myself didn't take venue in account, so looking back there are things that seem a little silly. You just don't wear the same thing to a little space someone found in the back of a warehouse that you would wear to opening night of a show at the Met. And, yes, I still sometimes dress up too much but I'm aware and decide I want to do it anyway because in our dressed down society, where else am I gonna wear it? It's funny that we live in a world where you hardly ever have to explain why you are under-dressed but almost always have to explain why you are over-dressed or even in some cases, dressed appropriately. I digress.

Over the years, as I've been busy, I've had to learn that it is okay that I didn't have time to change and I have to go to a show in what I was wearing to rehearsal. That was my respect that day, just squeezing in time to see a show. And Nashville has its own style. Society as a whole is more dresses down, obviously, but we have a lot of music people with money here that have influenced the style. People spend a lot of time/money on this certain dressed down look. That also comes into play.

I think there are a few of us that think dressing up and a dress code make something more exciting to go to, but we are in the minority. When it comes down to it, we just want people to come to the theatre so it has gotten to where we take away as many rules of etiquette as possible so they can feel comfortable. The only effort they have to make it show up and turn off their cell phone.

Jaymes Campbell In my perfect world, the entire audience would dress in the style of the play. Back to reality. Filling the seats is difficult enough so how others dress doesn't affect me in the slightest. I'm just glad to see their faces. But I personally like to make a little effort to respect the production. It also changes my state of mind and prepares me for a night of theatre.

Carmen Jaudon Times have changed, I don't think there should be strict dress codes for anyone, anywhere (and I'm a wardrobe stylist)

Kelly Lynn Sekuterski I always dress up for an evening performance. For a matinee I am dressy/casual but NO t-shirts, sneakers or shorts.

Joy Tilley Perryman I am very old and very Southern, but I believe no matter where you go you should dress so as not to embarrass your most proper relative. In other words, make some sort of effort. That being said, I would hope that lack of wardrobe would never keep someone from attending an arts-based event. So if that free t-shirt and those cut off are all you have, make sure they are clean (I will not concede this point) and go on and enjoy yourself. I won't judge you, unless I know you and your closet, in which scenario, I will get judgey.

Hillary Elizabeth Mead As a performer, as long as people come to see the show at all, I don't care what they're wearing (I try to avoid looking at the audience anyway in serious productions). But personally, I don't like going out to see a show without looking my best.;)

Jennifer Kleine I don't care how they dress as long as they buy a ticket, show up, don't smell, and stay quiet during the performance.

Jason Tucker Wow. Consider that anthill disrupted! Wear what you want and be comfy so you can enjoy the show and engage.

Cinda McCain If they are dressed with an attention span and can put their hands together.... they can come naked for all I care. I can't see them for the lightning anyway.

Tim Hubler A gentleman always wears a jacket to the theater.

Karen Lee Shaver I like to dress nicely.....theater is a special event. I went to see Beautiful last Tuesday evening & was impressed by the attire. I have gone other times & wanted to "poke my mind's eye out".

Jan Vereb Rodems I want to see all ages..and any clean clothing will do...just come...support the arts...bring your children when they are young...bring your parents when they are old...sit next to me and laugh and clap and enjoy the entire experience...but please...please arrive before the curtain goes up!

David Perlman Wear whatever you want.

June Plaxco Look good, smell nice, be sincere

Kathy Carmon Tobey Butts in seats is what matters to theatre folks. The way a person dresses to go to the theatre reflects on them.

David West If I made a grown ass man wearing a NASCAR t-shirt and croc shoes bawl his eyes out, he can wear whatever he wants. As far as I know the audience isn't there until we do bows, so it wouldn't affect my performance at all. But then again, I've never performed at a high-end establishment that would require such elegant dress.

Debra Barrett Graham At CCP (Cumberland County Playhouse), we (I like to pretend I'm in the resident company) are a resort community and WE are thankful they keep coming and tell their friends- but for me and my house - we dress up! Years ago, when I was on CCP board - one of the board members wanted us to wear CCP T-shirts on opening night - and look like everyone else? I refused. So, WE like to dress but I don't care if others do- just happy for them to come (put please take off your cap and put your cell phone away)

Erin Matthews Richardson I remember when Eli and went to our first ever Broadway show, probably in 1999, Rent, and we were the only people not wearing ripped jeans and t-shirts. Prob had a lot to do with that particular show, but I remember being disappointed that more people weren't "dressed up" for the occasion.

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017 Nancy Allen I like to dress up for the occasion and I enjoy it when others do as well. That being said, PLEASE do not worry about what to wear. We want everyone to come and enjoy! If you can dress up (and have the time and the means), then add to the festive air and bring your best. If you can't, then don't, and let's not judge others' choices by our own standards. We want theatre goers to be comfortable - as long as that means bringing your "in public" manners. No bare feet, cover the parts that should be covered in polite company, try not to smell bad because of possible close seating, and follow the rules of decorum as announced at the beginning of the show in reference to outside food and device usage. BUT, if you feel like it, dress "to the nines" because it adds to the atmosphere and makes you feel good about going out and having a great time supporting THEATRE!

Delores Adkins It doesn't matter as long as they come. It is hard to believe but some people have never seen live theatre, so I just want them to come and try it.

Christopher Simonsen I'm a curmudgeon and think, if you're in public please dress like you respect yourself.

Kenneth C Stalsworth No one dresses for anything anymore. They aren't running around naked, but you know what I mean. If people aren't dressing up for Jesus then you know theater doesn't have a chance.
Now, let's talk about cellphones at performances....

Judith Woods No shoes, no shirt, no show. I prefer the dressier side, but a seat filled equals a ticket bought.

Connie Hurst I do like to dress for the theater. That's just me. Many of those old theater houses are historic buildings with grand and checkered pasts. Just makes the experience a little more special.

Mary Ann Rodman Downing I like to dress nicely for occasions where total strangers will be sitting next to me for several hours. This goes for theater, plane trips and Braves games. I'm seeing Hamilton in Chicago in August, and I might break out my tiara for the occasion.

GOOD MORNING, THEATERATI for June 1, 2017 Today, we're singing a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday" to actor Grant Fitzgerland (Roxy Regional Theatre's [title of show]), actress Carey Van Driest (Nashville Rep's Good Monsters), actor Matt Lytle (Nashville Shakespeare Festival) and 2014 First Night Honoree and actor/director Dan McGeachy. The talented foursome share their special date with such theatrical luminaries as playwright John Van Druten and director Peter Masterson, actors Andy Griffith, Cleavon Little, Morgan Freeman, Rene Auberjonois and Jonathan Pryce, and the new star of Waitress on Broadway, Betsy Wolfe.

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From our Theater Journal comes these significant theatrical events that occurred on this date in history: The Ziegfeld Follies of 1914 opened at New York's New Amsterdam Theatre. Clark Gesner's You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown premiered on Broadway in 1971. Bernard Slade's Tribute, starring Jack Lemmon, opened in 1978. A.R. Gurney's Labor Day opened at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1998.

"Labor Day...Gurney's...latest offers the Pirandellian kick of seeing the play-within-the-play that is stirring the characters to a tizzy come to life before our very eyes...This is a summer breeze of a comedy, a September song about nearing life's end that has been transposed to a major key, leaving us on a lingering note of love and blue sky. The evening is so airy that it is easy to overlook the craft with which it has been spun and the welcome mocking tone that keeps it aloft." -NY Newsday.

"Gurney's gentle comic touch is as sure as ever here...Gurney can illuminate with graceful comic prose the deep recesses of sadness and disappointment that lie beneath layers of smooth sociability." -Variety.

And that pretty much sums the day up for us, but we'll see you back here tomorrow. In the meantime, don't forget today is #TheaterThursday and what better time is there than now to CELEBRATE THE MAGIC OF LIVE THEATER?


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