Playhouse warms winter with romance

Feb 22, 2013
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest Hovering around the “At First Sight” romance is a familial Greek chorus featuring, from left, Jacob Fricke, Beverly Mann and Julia Clapp, all familiar faces at The Playhouse in Belfast.

Belfast — Funny actors return to The Playhouse in “At First Sight,” a contemporary love story of a Hollywood family, the first three weekends of March. “At First Sight,” written by Anne Pié and directed by Mary Weaver, will be presented Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

Fifty-one-year-old widow Julia Goldman (Leslie Stein) thought she had experienced it all. Then, too many Pink Squirrels and an accidental encounter in a posh Palm Springs cocktail lounge with Philip Minister (Peter Conant) leaves her with more than a fond memory. Her soon-to-be-married daughter Fay (Julia Clapp); her son Curtis, a hypochondriac film writer son (Jacob Fricke); and Verna, her flamboyant older sister (Beverly Mann) arrive and wait for her to tell them all her big secret. When Senator Feldman (Dagney Ernest), a fierce long-time Washington politico, arrives at the door, the family is complete. A cameo appearance by Dennis Harrington increases the fun.

Tickets will be $10 at the door. Seating is limited seating; call 338-5777 for reservations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

“At First Sight” is a family affair. Seated from left are Peter Conant, Dagney Ernest and Leslie Stein; standing are Dennis Harrington, Beverly Mann, Jacob Fricke and Julia Clapp.
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