The Playhouse opens 20th year
Belfast — The oddly romantic comedy “At First Sight” marks the premiere of the 20th year of productions at The Playhouse. Written by Anne Pié and directed by Mary Weaver, “At First Sight” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through March 17 at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.
Reflecting on the two decades of children’s theater, learning programs and performance in the small space, Weaver called The Playhouse “an actors studio where you learn the art of comedy and the magic of the stage.”
Leslie Stein of Freedom plays Julia Goldman, who finds love “At First Sight,” said she thinks The Playhouse is a wonderful environment. Peter Conant of Appleton (the play’s love object, Philip Minister) commented on working in the intimate space as a place “where everything you do is perceived by the audience.”
Julia Clapp of Belfast, who plays Julia Goldman’s daughter Fay, hails the community of actors, of which she is a part. Jacob Fricke of Belfast (playing sibling/son Curtis) likewise praises “such fantastic actors,” as well as Weaver’s choice of plays and characters that are well “outside the normal fare.”
Beverly Mann of Belfast (playing Julia’s sister Verna) cites the significance of having a venue like The Playhouse for the community, adding she is always honored to be part of a production.
Fellow acting veteran Dennis Harrington of Belfast, who has a history of acting at local theaters all over Downeast and central Maine, is making his first appearance at The Playhouse. His reporter Harry Foster opens the play interviewing outrageous politician Senator Feldman, played by Dagney Ernest of Thomaston, also making her Playhouse debut.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Seating is limited, so calling 338-5777 for reservations is recommended.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.