• Young thespians show off skills they learned at summer Theatre Camp
By Randi Somers
Continuing its summer of great variety, Pier One Theatre dives into the second weekend of August with the final performance of “Swimming in the Shallows” this Friday evening, Aug. 9.
Pianist and comedian Johnny B will give his last performance tonight, where he includes two audience participation segments in his show. In addition to asking audiences to write “stupidest questions tourists ask” on a clipboard during intermission, he also asks them to take photos of each other on their iPhones and send them to his web page, firstname.lastname@example.org. Then he uses the photos on the screen to compliment his “Friends” song.
Large, appreciative audiences enjoyed last weekend’s youth performance of Neil Simon’s “Rumors.” The young Pier One group features players 10-14 years old who have been learning acting in the summer Youth Theatre Camp since the beginning of July.
Directed by Pier One Youth Theatre alums Casey Parrett (19) and Adella Sundmark (17), the next performances will be held Aug. 8, 10 and 11.
Something strange is going on in the home of New York Deputy Mayor Charlie Bock. Loving couple Ken and Christina are invited to the tenth anniversary party of Charlie’s mayor-ship, and upon arriving, realize many things are extremely strange.
The kitchen staff is gone, Charlie’s wife Myra has vanished and poor Charlie has accidentally shot himself in the ear. Having taken medication to relieve the pain, Charlie is too “zonked” to relay anything about the situation to his guests.
As more and more party guests arrive — all ready to have an enjoyable evening — Ken and Christina attempt to keep the party on course. What follows is a hilarious mystery as the pieces of the puzzle slowly come together around their bizarre situation.
“Fisher Poets” is a collection of readings by Emilie Springer of tales of mariners (commercial fishers) surviving the harsh environment. Her readings are scheduled for Aug. 14 and 28.
All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are available in advance at the Homer Bookstore, as well as at the ticket booth in front of the theatre on the nights of performances. Prices vary for each of the shows.
Rumors, $10; Rhythm of the North (Johnny B), $15; Swimming in the Shallows, $14; Fisher Poets and Unpredictable Times (readings of new work) $8 with no discounts; Imaginary Invalid (musical), $15 with discounts.
Discounts available for seniors, Raven’s Club members, youth and family members. For reservations, call 235 7333.
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