Arts and Entertainment
April 26, 2018From: Westfield Community Players
(Westfield, NJ) Westfield Community Players will close out its 2017-18 season with Mister Roberts, the enduring service comedy of WWII, written by Thomas Heggan and Joshua Logan. It is being directed by NJACT Hall of Fame director, Steve Lemenille (Clark) and produced by Kay Macrae (Springfield) and stage managed by Linda Viel (Somerset).
Mister Roberts opens May 5 at 8:00 PM and continues May 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00; and a matinee on May 20 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $22 for adults; $10 for active military and students.
Mister Roberts in the rowdy, realistic saga of a group of American sailors aboard a Navy cargo vessel in the Pacific shows the crew suffering from that deadly boredom that is part of the routine of war. To the ship's company, the Skipper is a cantankerous, small-minded man and every one of them conspires against him as the ship pursued its runs from Apathy to Tedium and back again. They are on a cargo mission, so little else is going to happen. That Mr. Roberts, [a lieutenant] shared the crew's dislike for the Captain was one reason for his popularity. Roberts joined the world to fight; he hates being inactive almost as much as he hates the Captain. Privy to the crew's hijinks against the Skipper, Roberts still feels it's his duty to retain some discipline. After winning many ingenious battles against the Skipper, Roberts at last wins himself a transfer to combat duty. It was this transfer that cost him his life on a destroyer off Japan
"One of the outstanding successes of the modern theater. Winner of the 1948 Tony Award for best play. "The greatest of war plays." NY Herald-Tribune
In the cast are Tim Kelly (Fanwood) as Lt. Doug Roberts, Bobby Marusiefski (Rahway) as Ensign Pulver, Russ Ortiz (Iselin) as Doc, David Kelley (Fanwood) as the Captain, Ed Bontempo (Elizabeth) as Dowdy, Pete Trabucco (Old Bridge) as Dolan, Allen Roberts (Maplewood) as Chief Johnson, Peter Curley (Maplewood) as Mannion, Allen Gershenson (Linden) as Insigna, Garry Tamburro (Springfield) as Gerhart, Timothy McGovern (Garwood) as Stefanowski, Andy Lambrianidis (Brooklyn) as Wiley, Jack Roberts (Morristown) as Lindstrom, Anthony Muccigrossi (South Plainfield) as Schlemmer, Katie Engel (Rahway) as Lt. Ann Girard, Richard Bull (New Providence) as Shore Patrolman and Mark Mooney (Bridgewater) as Military Policeman.