(Westfield, NJ) Westfield Community Players (WCP) opens its 2017-2018 season with the classic comedy, The Man Who Came to Dinner, by Moss Hart and George S.Kaufman on Oct. 14, 2017 at 8:00 PM. It is being directed by Linda Viel, produced by Jean Lioy and stage managed by Stephen Mennella. It is being produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
This comedy deals with Sheridan Whiteside, an opinionated and arrogant radio personality. Sheridan Whiteside injures himself slipping on ice and becomes an unexpected houseguest for a prominent area family, the Stanleys. Whiteside proceeds to make brash proclamations and offer his unsolicited advice to the family members. Confined to the house for a month, Whiteside drives his hosts mad by viciously insulting them, monopolizing their house and staff, running up large phone bills, and receiving many bizarre guests, including paroled convicts. However, Whiteside manages to befriend the Stanleys' children, June and Richard, as well as Mr. Stanley's eccentric older sister Harriet. When a romance begins between Whiteside's assistant, Maggie Cutler, and a local reporter, Bert Jefferson, he interferes with that as well.
In the cast are Steve Lemenille as Sheridan Whiteside, Mary Elizabeth Gismonde as Maggie Cutler (Whiteside's secretary), Debbie Badal as Lorraine Sheldon (the overstated Hollywood actress), Peter Curley as Bert Jefferson (the town's newspaper editor), Ed Bontempo as Beverly Carlton (the flamboyant English actor), Russell Ortiz as Banjo (the comedic actor), Jeffrey Milstein as Mr. Earnest Stanley, Jill Palumbo as Mrs. Stanley, Mary O'Connor as Nurse Miss Preen, Melissa Mugica and Adam Rosengarten as June and Richard Stanely (the Stanley's daughter and son), Anne King as Harriet Stanley (Mr. Stanley's eccentric and mysterious sister). Others in the cast are Alan Foster as Dr. Bradley, Ian Federgreen as Prof. Metz, Katterine Vasquez as Mrs. McCutcheon, Susan Roberts as Mrs. Dexter and Richard Bull as luncheon guest, Jose Rivera as John (the butler) and Karen DiFabio as Sarah, the cook.
The Man Who Came to Dinner runs Oct. 14, 21, 27, 28, 2017 @ 8PM and Oct. 22, 2017 @ 2PM - Matinee
Tickets: $22.00; Active Military Personnel & Students:$10.00.
Tickets are available on line at: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=wcpnj
For more information about Westfield Community Players, visit: http://www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org/
Box Office: 908.232.1221
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