‘Crossing Delancey’ opens Guild 2010-11 season

Photo by Brian Townsend

Photo by Brian Townsend

The Players Guild of Dearborn opens its 2010-11 season Sept. 17 with Susan Sandler’s romantic comedy “Crossing Delancey.” Alex Gojkov (left) of Redford plays Sam Posner, a pickle merchant who a matchmaker has “found” for Isabelle “Izzy” Grossman, portrayed by Sydnee Dombrowski (second from left) of Dearborn. Izzy, however, thinks that Tyler Moss, an urbane author, played by Chris Boudreau (right) of Dearborn is the man for her. The show runs weekends through Oct. 3, with 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday shows and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees. For more information call (313) 561-TKTS or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org.

By Sue Suchyta
“Crossing Delancey,” Susan Sandler’s romantic comedy, will open the Players Guild of Dearborn’s 84th season Sept. 17 and will run for three weekends through Oct. 3.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

Many will recall the 1988 movie of the same name, for which actress Amy Irving earned a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a motion picture comedy / musical.

Set in present day New York, “Crossing Delancey” focuses on Isabelle “Izzy” Grossman, who straddles two worlds, which ultimately influences her choice in men.

As a “modern” woman, she is drawn to a worldly writer she has met through the bookstore where she works.

Her Jewish grandmother, however, enlists the help of a matchmaker to pair Izzy with a nice Jewish boy, Sam, a pickle merchant, from their traditional neighborhood.

Izzy finds herself torn between two men and two lifestyles. She also finds her heart and modern sensibilities tugging her in different directions.

Stan Guarnelo of Dearborn Heights is directing the production, which is co-produced by Tim Carney of Livonia and James Mayne of Redford.

Sydnee Dombrowski of Dearborn will lead the cast as Izzy. Her recent Guild performances include Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof,” the comic ensemble in “Laugh Lines,” Marie Leroux in Mark Twain’s “Is He Dead?” and Miss Flannery in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

Guild grand dame Diana Reynolds of Dearborn is sure to entrance and entertain as Izzie’s “Bubbie,” or grandmother. Guild audiences will recall her performance as Yente in, “Fiddler on the Roof” and in numerous other roles.

Patricia LaFramboise, another longtime Guild actress, director, costumer and make-up artist will bring her insight and talent to the role of Hannah Mandelbaum, Izzy’s grandmother’s friend and a matchmaker.

Alex Gojkov of Redford, a longstanding supporting character and comic actor on the Guild stage, will bring his dry wit and comic timing to the role of Sam Posner the pickle merchant.

Chris Boudreau of Dearborn, a newcomer to the Guild stage, will take on the role of the urbane author Tyler Moss, Izzy’s modern male ideal.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students with identification. For tickets or more information, call (313) 561-TKTS, or go to www.playersguildofdearborn.org. Season tickets also are available.

The theater is at 21730 Madison, southwest of the intersection of Monroe and Outer Drive in Dearborn. The building is handicap accessible.

The Dearborn Heights Civic Theatre will present “Nuncrackers,” a high-energy slapstick musical comedy with a holiday theme, following in the irreverent tradition of its “Nunsense” predecessors.

Performance dates are Nov. 5 to 7, 12 to 14 and 19 to 20.

The show will be performed at the Berwyn Center, 26155 Richardson in Dearborn Heights.

The comedy features “big musical numbers” and audience interaction.

DHCT also will present Neil Simon’s, “Brighton Beach Memoirs” in February and Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” in April.

For updates concerning auditions, show times and ticket prices, go to www.dhctstage.org.

The Bonstelle Theatre — Wayne State University’s undergraduate theater company — will open its season with Bertolt Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” weekends from Oct. 15 to 24.

The play is billed as an imaginative, modern-day retelling of the judgment of King Solomon.

When a former village recorder mistakenly rises to power, he must decide the fate of a child two women claim. One woman, of humble means, endured great risk and deprivation to protect the child, while the other woman, who is wealthy, fled to safety to escape the ravages of war, leaving the child behind. She, however, could provide a luxurious life for the child that the poorer protector could not.

The theater is at 3424 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. For tickets, call the box office at (313) 577-2960, or go to www.bonstelle.com.