Players Guild presents, “Laugh Lines”

Photo courtesy of the HFCC Theater Department

Photo courtesy of the HFCC Theater Department


Henry Ford Community College presents Eric Bogosian’s, “SubUrbia” at the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 8 p.m. Aug. 19 to 21 and 26 to 28. The cast includes Yolanda Aquino (left) of Detroit as Erica, Monique Tokar of Dearborn as Bee Bee, Tim Beson of Riverview as Pony, Eric Bennett of Riverview as Jeff, Jon Stanley of Dearborn Heights as Tim and Lila Ghaddar of Dearborn as Sooze.

By Sue Suchyta
“Laugh Lines,” an evening of music and humorous monologues, will be performed at 8 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14 at the Players Guild of Dearborn, 21730 Madison in Dearborn.

The show’s proceeds will benefit an uninsured Guild member, Kevin Rider, who is facing mounting medical bills after being recently diagnosed with lupus.

The show features original songs by Paul Bruce and the acting talent of Sydnee Dombrowski of Dearborn, Alex Gojkov of Redford, Angela Keller-Pelc of Allen Park and Ken Kilgore of Dearborn.

Others in the entertaining ensemble include Marybeth Kinnell of Dearborn Heights, Tiffany Mullins of Westland, Brian Townsend of Dearborn, Ron Williams of Redford and Margaret Winowiecki of Dearborn.

The comic sketches and original music find humor in virtue, vice, first dates, daydreams and day jobs as they bring laughter to center stage and help a special Guild member at the same time.

General admission tickets are $10, and will be available at the door. For more information, call the Guild at (313) 561-TKTS.

Local actors in, ‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’
Royal Oak’s Waterworks Theatre Company features Dearborn and Dearborn Heights actors in its summer Shakespeare in the Park presentation of, “Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

The company features Jackie Strez of Dearborn as Silvia and Dearborn Heights resident Sean Paraventi as Antonio and Eglamour.

Whimsically set in the ’60s, the colorful costumes and shifting sexual stereotypes reinforce Shakespeare’s gender subterfuge and ambiguity.

The set features several giant red lipstick pop art columns flanking oversized candy heart boxes. The faintly phallic vibe mirrors the gender identity overlaps of the era that are subtly reinforced throughout the performance.

The bright retro costumes reflect the gender swapping theme prevalent throughout the show and take full advantage of sixties style experimentation: Women adopting the liberation of pants, men exploring the freedom of long hair and brightly colored clothing, and both genders tentatively sampling a tempting array of sexual freedoms.

The strong ensemble makes it easy to enjoy and understand the Shakespearean comedy, despite the centuries of linguistic change.

Sara Catheryn Wolf of St. Claire Shores brings heroine Julia to life with warmth and determined spunk. While embodying Shakespeare’s standard girl dressed as a male servant to win back her man, she imbues her character with forthright spunk and tenaciousness.

Lucetta, played by Jamie Weeder of Ypsilanti in a hot pink bob, serves as the female servant and the comic relief, making the most of the role: She uses humor to its best advantage while still allowing the character’s loyalty and steadfastness to be readily apparent.

The male members of the ensemble display the startled surprise of men wondering about the camaraderie of male bonding when their brotherly embraces awaken unsettling responses amongst them.

And just as the ’60s was a time of sexual experimentation, the vying between men for the same coveted female begs the question of what motivates the competition: Alpha male behavior or jealously?

The male component of the cast skillfully blends humor and naïveity into characters that show surprise and perplexity without stooping to homophobia.

Director Barton Bund gives the cast and audiences a unique and relevant look at one of the lesser performed Shakespearean romantic comedies. He brings a fresh insight and an entertaining sense of humor to his role of director, creating an enjoyable and thought- and laughter-invoking evening while highlighting one of the greatest playwrights of all time.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” runs through Aug. 8. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m., with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees. Tickets are $18, and patrons may sit in the bleachers or bring their own blanket or lawn chair.

The show is performed outdoors in Starr Jaycee Park, 1101 W. 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak. For more information, visit their Website at www.waterworkstheatre.com.

HFCC presents, “SubUrbia” at Centennial Library
The Henry Ford Community College Department of Theatre will present the Eric Bogosian drama, “SubUrbia” at 8 p.m. Aug. 19 to 21 and 26 to 28 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium.

Set in a convenience store parking lot, the drama follows the interactions of three young men and their friends. As tensions are revealed, some escape the escalating tension, while others are left to cope with the backlash of a tragedy that could have occurred to any of them.

The student cast features Dearborn actresses Lila Ghaddar (as Sooze), Monique Tokar (as Bee Bee) and Sarah Bartles. Dearborn Heights actor Jon Stanley is also featured.

Riverview residents Eric Bennett (as Jeff), Brandon Grantz and Tim Beson (as Pony) are also in the show.

The ensemble also features Sean Gillespie of Flat Rock, Miekyle Turner of Romulus and Detroit residents Christopher Braz, Kyera Allison, Yolanda Aquino (as Erica) and Rosa Hernandez.

The show is directed by Christopher Bremer.

The Henry Ford Centennial Library is at 16301 Michigan Ave.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with identification. The show contains adult content, and parental caution is advised.

For more information, call (313) 845-9817, or e-mail ctbremer@hfcc.edu.

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